Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is “Thriving or Surviving”.

All of us face struggles throughout our lives, and we all have mental health – it’s time we take care of it and pay it the kind of attention we pay to physical healthcare. Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem.

MentalHealth.org.uk has a range of tips, guides and resources to help look after your own mental health and support friends, family and colleagues.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

This is one of their current campaigns:

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Don’t take ‘fine’ for an answer. Every week 1 in 6 of us experiences mental health problems. For FREE tips on good mental health, text TIPS to 70300 (terms).

When people ask how we are, we often reply with “I’m fine”, even when we’re not.

A study of 2,000 adults commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation has found that the average adult will say “I’m fine” 14 times a week, though just 19% really mean it.

Almost a third of those surveyed said they often lie about how they are feeling to other people, while 1 in 10 went as far to say they always lie about their emotional state.

It also revealed that 59% of us expect the answer to be a lie when we ask others “how are you feeling?”

Join the conversation on Twitter this Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW17

If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you’re worried about someone you know – help is available.

You’re not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.

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About Deborah Klayman

Deborah trained at Drama Studio London and is co-founder of Whoop 'n' Wail Theatre Company. She is an actress, musician and voice artist represented by Nelson Browne Management Ltd. As an actor, Deborah has performed in the UK and overseas in a variety of theatre and film roles. She is also a talented cellist, singer and voice artist. Deborah was one of the Traverse Fifty playwrights, and won the Cambridge University Press "Channel The Bard" competition for My Bloody Laundrette, which she co-authored with Whoop 'n' Wail co-founder Ali Kemp. Ali & Deborah are Associate Performers at the Old Diorama Arts Centre in London. Their new full-length play, But For Us, is currently in development. View all posts by Deborah Klayman

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