This week provides an opportunity to focus on mental health issues and work towards changing the stigma surrounding mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Week is a powerful reminder that mental health is just as important as physical health and that we must prioritise mental wellness in all aspects of our lives. By raising awareness and by promoting conversation surrounding mental health, everyone can work towards creating a world where seeking help and support is the new norm. Let’s do this and let’s do it together.
We can work towards creating a sense of community and providing opportunities for residents to connect with others. Empowering residents by providing them with choices and opportunities to make decisions about their daily lives, no matter how small, can give them a feeling of belonging.
Here are some ways to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week:
- Participate in local events
Many mental health organisations host events during the week, such as walks, runs, or seminars. Check with local organisations to see what events are happening near you.
- Donate to mental health organisations
Consider donating to a mental health organisation to support their work in raising awareness and providing support for individuals with mental health issues.
- Learn more about mental health
Take the time to educate yourself on mental health issues and how they affect people’s lives. This can include reading articles, watching documentaries or attending seminars.
- Share on social media
Use social media to spread awareness about mental health issues and Mental Health Awareness Week. Share resources, personal stories, and messages of support.
- Talk to friends and family
Have conversations with your loved ones about mental health and how they can support individuals who may be struggling.
How we make a difference
At Athena Healthcare Group, we prioritise mental health services, such as providing access to therapy and counselling. By prioritising community, autonomy, and mental health services, we can help ensure that care home residents are happy, healthy, and thriving. We have weekly activities that our residents and family members love, for example, pet therapy and mental stimulation games.