Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

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We’re continuing our 2019 mission to “supercharge your career”, with a packed agenda of events, hot topics to read  regularly and a round up of things to look out for.

This month we’re shining a spotlight on Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), which is 13th-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body Image and its relationship with mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has published new research showing 30% of adults feel stressed by body image and appearance,  and often feel overwhelmed or unable cope. Body image issues can affect all of us at any age, any gender, sexuality or ethnicity, and it is closely linked to our mental health.

This year MHAW want to spread their message far and wide. They have created a range of resources including a supporter pack.

Here’s a list of our top picks of things you can do, read, or get involved in to support MHAW:


Use the #BeBodyKind

Show your support by posting a picture of a time or a place when you felt comfortable in your own skin – this could be now, five years ago or at the age of five. It can be a photo of yourself or something else that reminds you of the moment. Be sure to tag @mentalhealthfoundation (Instagram and Facebook) @mentalhealth (Twitter),  and include the hashtags #BeBodyKind and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek


Pjoys – PJs with purpose – is leading the charge with MHAW. Their founder Michelle was a previous dawn speaker. Check out their website to hear more about what they’re doing in this space. And whilst you’re there, take a look at their night journals, which are designed to capture your thoughts, dreams and worries. They also list useful mental health resources in the backpages! See their website here >



Festival of Happiness – 15th May 

Go along to the one-day festival taking place during MHAW. The purpose of the day is to empower, inspire, educate and support individuals/independent entrepreneurial agencies within the marketing community on the subject of mental health and wellbeing. You can find the details here >

The Oizys Ensemble Performance – Soho, 17th May, 7-9pm

The Oiyzs Ensemble is a new chamber ensemble made up of nine London-based classical musicians who have an ambition to help raise awareness of mental health issues, and to break the stigma through our performances and The Arts. This special #MHFLive evening performance at Schott Music London marks their debut performance. It’s FREE to attend, with no ticket required, but there will be a donation box. More information can be found here >

Garfield of London Online Limited Edition Print Sale

Garfield of London’s artwork has been adopted as a mindfulness focusing tool to help self-manage mental well-being by practicing moments of mindfulness. 20% from all prints sold, up to and during Mental Health Awareness Week, will go to the Mental Health Foundation charity. More information here >

Free Mental Health Resilience Workshop

This workshop, hosted by chartered Psychologists Dr Caroline Lafarge and Dr Moira Cachia at the University of West London, will explore the concept of mental health resilience, its relevance to everyday life and how it can be applied to enhance wellbeing. More information on the event can be found here >




We love these podcasts (which all have a focus on mental health) and would recommend them:

Mad World – Bryony Gordon

Jen Gotch is OK… sometimes

Happy Place – Fearne Cotton



First, We Make The Beast Beautiful: A new story about anxiety – Sarah Wilson

The New York Times Bestseller is a moving, sensitive memoir about learning to understand anxiety, live with it and in some ways love it for who it makes us.

Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig

This is an honest, thought provoking on living with anxiety and how you can learn to manage it.

Jog on – How running saved my life – Bella Mackie

“After years of wallowing in my own head, I was facing outwards. Running was allowing me to take a break from worrying.” This is an honest and open account of how, after years of struggling with anxiety and depression, Bella did something she thought she would never do – and went for a run. By setting herself achievable goals, she found herself feeling better for the first time in years. A moving and uplifting account of how running transformed her life.

Chase the Rainbow – Poorna Bell

Poorna spoke at a past dawn event just after Chase the Rainbow was first published. After her husband committed suicide, Poorna aims to open up the conversation about male depression and suicide.


We hope these are all helpful, and would love to hear any other recommendations you may have for us.

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