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Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 9 to 15 May 2022. The theme is loneliness.

Together we can tackle loneliness

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we're raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.   

Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic.

Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.


Events in Plymouth

Connect with nature

Nature Plymouth is sharing a post every day from their @NaturePlymouth Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The posts will be focused around connecting with nature and taking time to notice things, and other posts are more focused on joining an event or volunteering with us (as a direct response to this year's theme of loneliness).

Find out more on the Green Minds website.

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Poole Farm

The Livewell Southwest CAMHS service is running a drop-in session at Poole Farm on Wednesday 11 May, between 2 pm and 5 pm.

The aim is to provide an opportunity to connect to nature and to the larger world around us which weaves around our lives and can help combat loneliness which is the theme for mental health awareness week this year.

There will be the opportunity to do fire lighting, marshmallow toasting, raft building and pond dipping as our activities promoting social prescribing and giving young people the chance to do activities with others.  There may also be the opportunity for animal encounters if the young people are happy to do this. 

There will be welly boots available if required. 

To access Poole Farm people will need to park in the car park on Rydal Close PL6 8TR which is just off Keswick Crescent (opposite Torbridge High).

Unfortunately, due to the road works in the Forder Valley access to the farm the usual way is not permitted.

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The Zone

The Zone is running 1-hour workshops, based on loneliness, for children and young people. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information, please phone 01752 206626 or email

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Other events


To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Anna Freud Centre is joining forces with DrumathonLIVE.

Now in its third year, DrumathonLIVE was created by UK musicians Errol Kennedy and Bev Sage in 2020. The event sees seven days of nonstop drumming from some of the world's best musicians, all live-streamed to you at home to raise funds for some of the most impactful children's charities in the UK.

In the lead up to the event, we are encouraging schools to use the following assembly packs which explore how children and young people can use music to support their mental health. The "Music for self-care" resources are suitable for both primary and secondary pupils and have been developed in collaboration with teachers and mental health professionals. The assembly resources aim to:

  • Explore the topic of loneliness, which is the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness week
  • Identify ways in which music can be used for self-care
  • Encourage pupils to think about how they can look after their mental health

Download the primary assembly PowerPoint and accompanying assembly plan 

Download the secondary assembly PowerPoint and accompanying assembly plan


Support for children and young people

How I cope: a young person's guide

The last few years have been challenging for lots of young people.

How I cope: a young person's guide is a new resource created by young people for young people about how young people cope and like to receive support. It was developed by the NIHR Children and Families Policy Research Unit (CPRU), the HeadStart Learning Team, and the HeadStart National Young People's Group.

Started in 2016, HeadStart is a six-year, £67.4 million National Lottery funded programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. HeadStart aims to explore and test new ways to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 10-16 and prevent serious mental health issues from developing.

The HeadStart Learning Team leads the national evaluation of HeadStart. This new resource thematically presents the experiences of coping and receiving support in difficult times of over 70 young people captured during interviews conducted between 2017 and 2019, in schools delivering the HeadStart programme. The animation resource was developed by the HeadStart National Young People's Group.

Mental Health Awareness Week Young Persons Guide

Toolkit of resources

In Mentally Healthy Schools' latest toolkit, there are a number of resources to help schools and colleges highlight the theme of loneliness and open up wider discussions about wellbeing with students.

Download the toolkit for free


How can to get involved

Love the theme as much as we do? Follow us on social media for the latest news

  • Twitter: @mentalhealth
  • Facebook: @mentalhealthfoundation
  • Instagram: @mentalhealthfoundation

During Mental Health Awareness Week use the hashtag #IveBeenThere to share experiences of loneliness to support others and give the campaign momentum.

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