Throughout the year we will be campaigning and highlighting the problems facing people living with mental illness. This page highlights just some of the key dates and stories that we will be covering. Please check this page often as some themes have yet to be announced.
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Yearly awareness day and events
Time to Talk Day - February 1
Time to Talk Day is an annual awareness day held at the beginning of February. It's a day for us all to start a conversation about mental health. Talking about mental health isn't easy. But a conversation has the power to change lives.
Time to Talk Day Time to Talk Day - February 1
Eating Disorders Week Feb-March
1.25 million people in the UK are living with an eating disorder right now - but behind every one is a network of loved ones struggling too. Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is hosted by BEAT
Find out more Eating Disorders Week Feb-March
World Bipolar Day: 30 March
Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, is a mood disorder. It used to be called manic depression. Bipolar disorder can cause your mood to swing from an extreme high to an extreme low.
Find out more World Bipolar Day: 30 March
Mental Health Awareness Week: 15-21 May
This year's MHAW theme is anxiety. Everyone can feel anxious. But when you live with severe mental illness, anxiety can reach a whole new level. Stigma. Discrimination. Lack of support. Side effects of medication. Mania. Psychosis. Limited access to housing, employment, and welfare. These are all unique anxieties, faced on a daily basis by those of us experiencing mental illness. That's what we're focusing on this year.
Mental Health Awareness Week Mental Health Awareness Week: 15-21 May
Carers Week: 5 - 11 June
We were established by carers over 40 years ago and carers still play a key role in our work today. We have over 50 carers and sibling support groups which offer a listening ear, friendship and social support.
Carers Week Carers Week: 5 - 11 June
Schizophrenia Awareness Day: 25 July
National Schizophrenia Awareness Day on 25 July and shines a light on the challenges faced by hundreds of thousands of people living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia in the UK and millions more worldwide. It sets out the steps we can all take to break down the stigma and discrimination surrounding this much misunderstood illness.
Find out more Schizophrenia Awareness Day: 25 July
World Suicide Prevention Day 10 September
World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003.
Find out more World Suicide Prevention Day 10 September
World Mental Health Day: 10 October
Presented by the World Federation of Mental Health, World Mental Health Day will be on October 10, 2023. The goal is to help raise mental health awareness and each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with mental health problems can live better lives with dignity.
Read more World Mental Health Day: 10 October