Mental health awareness week starts every year on the second Monday in May – in 2019 from 13 – 19 May.
In a world that is increasingly opening up to – and understanding those with – mental health issues, it’s no surprise that Mental Health Awareness Week is now a firmer fixture on calendars around the UK and beyond. It’s organised by the Mental Health Foundation, and focuses on a major issue each and every year.
In 2018, Mental Health Awareness Week was focused on stress. “Research has shown that 16 million people experience a mental health problem each year,” explains the MHF, “and stress is a key factor in this.” As part of its attempts to further open dialogue about mental health, the foundation organised a so-called “Curry and Chaat” initiative – where people got together with friends and enjoyed their company over a curry, whilst raising money for good causes.