Mental health awareness calendar

Throughout the year we take part in key awareness dates which help to raise awareness of mental health, and the problems faced by those living with mental illness. Browse our calendar below and find out how you can get involved.

This week: Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10 to 16 May 2021. This year, we’re inviting you to immerse yourself in the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’, while reconnecting with the official theme of ‘nature’ across the week.

Get involved with the 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Dates for your diary

Time to Talk Day

4 February 2021

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem, but many still feel isolated, ashamed and unable to open up on their lived experience. The ‘Time to Change’ was co-founded by our partner charity Rethink Mental Illness to end mental health discrimination. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.

Children's Mental Health Week

1-7 February 2021

75% of mental illnesses start before a person’s 18th birthday. With most long-term mental health problems beginning in adolescence, there’s a growing need for support for young people. Since 2019 our programme Bloom has developed young people’s resilience through life’s unexpected turns and transitions. In Children’s Mental Health Week, we highlight the importance of mental health support from a young age.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

1-7 March 2021

An eating disorder is an unhealthy attitude towards food, which can make you obsessed with your eating patterns. Eating disorders can involve eating too much or too little and using food to manage your feelings. The charity BEAT runs Eating Disorders Awareness Week annually to tackle myths and misunderstanding around eating disorders.

University Mental Health Day

4 March 2021

University Mental Health Day brings together the student community each year in an effort to make mental health a university-wide priority across the country, and to create continued change to the future of student mental health.

World Bipolar Day

30 March 2021

Bipolar disorder can make someone’s mood change dramatically from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). These changes can be overwhelming and distressing, but a person may feel well between these periods. World Bipolar Day is organised by the International Bipolar Foundation to bring global awareness to bipolar conditions and to eliminate social stigma.

Stress Awareness Month

April

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Many aspects of life can cause stress, but this year, we’ll be sharing tips and coping strategies to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week

4 - 10 May

Organised by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK, Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is a campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness during and after pregnancy. The week aims to raise public and professional awareness of perinatal mental illness, advocating for women affected by it, and helping them access the information, care and support they need to recover.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

May 10-16 2021

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week in 2020 is ‘nature and the environment’. We have plenty in store for the week, but we’re currently working on getting everything ready behind the scenes. Check back shortly to learn more about our plans!

National Schizophrenia Awareness Day

25 July 2021

Schizophrenia is a common mental illness that affects 1 in 100 people in their lifetime, yet the condition is widely misunderstood. Hosted by one of our founding charities Rethink Mental Illness, National Schizophrenia Awareness Day shines a light on the challenges faced by people living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia in the UK and beyond.

World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September 2021

World Suicide Prevention Day is hosted by the International Association for Suicide Prevention provides the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.

World Mental Health Day

October 10 2021

World Mental Health Day is run by the World Federation for Mental Health. This year, we’re working on a very special film to mark the occasion.

OCD Awareness Week

11-17 October

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder affecting 1 in 100 people in the UK. People living with OCD will experience obsessions and/or compulsions  – an obsession is a repeated unwelcome thought or image which can be hard to ignore, while a compulsion is something you think about or do repeatedly to help relieve anxiety.  The week is a chance to bring about greater understanding of the condition and how it affects people.

National Stress Awareness Day

3 November 2021

National Stress Awareness Day was set up by the International Stress Management Association, with the mission of raising awareness of the effects of psychological distress in the workplace and strategies to address it.