Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 15 to 21 May 2023. People severely affected by mental illness are being left behind in the national conversation about mental health. We need to change this.

The official theme for 2023's Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety.

For Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, we will look at how anxiety can affect people living with severe mental illness, what external factors can trigger this strong response, and what we can do to support our peers. 

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.  

But is that something you hear about often in today’s society? No.

This year, for Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to change that. We’re fed up with being told to have a bath or light a scented candle. The world is different if you experience a mental illness. It’s time for people to truly understand what it is like to live in our shoes. It’s time for a society that truly cares for people living with mental illness. 

Join us. Listen, read, watch and share our content starting 15 May 2023. Because the only way we can make change is together. 


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