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15 May 2023

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

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It's Mental Health Awareness Week!

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) starts today (15 - 21 May 2023) and this year’s theme is anxiety.

MHAW 2023 Anxiety

MHAW is an annual event providing an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. Across the country, people will be talking about anxiety and sharing their own experiences and helpful ideas on how to manage it. 

Why anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem. More than one in three UK adults are experiencing anxiety due to financial pressure. 

Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, including exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job (or losing one) or other big life events. We can also get anxious when it comes to things to do with money and not being able to meet our basic needs, like heating our home or buying food. But anxiety can be made easier to manage.

Focusing on anxiety for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people's awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem. At the same time, we will keep up the pressure to demand change - making sure that improving mental health is a key priority for the government and society as a whole.

The week is also a chance to talk about any aspect of mental health that people want to – regardless of the theme.

Accord is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week.

Get involved

There are lots of ways that you can get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week:

For more ways to get involved and show your support during the week, check out the resources available on the Mental Health Foundation website.

Mental health at work

Looking after your wellbeing when you're at work is so important. 

Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive. Addressing wellbeing at work increases productivity by as much as 12%.

Below are some useful online resources available for supporting positive mental health at work:

Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive. 

Available support

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At Accord, all of our team of advisors have been accredited in Mental Health First Aid by MHFA England.

If you’re an Accord member and need a chat about support at work, call our helpline on  0118 934 1808. 

Accord's ED&I Group

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The Accord Equality Diversity & Inclusion group’s aim is to maximise our members' potential, regardless of background, and ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. It’s a place where diversity is celebrated, without prejudice or judgement. It’s a chance to collectively learn from our experiences and enrich all our lives.

The group get involved in a broad spectrum of events across the year. If you’re interested, why not get involved — email us at [email protected] or register to join online.

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