Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place 13-19 May 2019.

BodyImage_Facebook_Post_1200x1200_YELLOW_0.jpgThe theme this year is Body Image - How we think and feel about our bodies.

Having body image concerns is a relatively common experience and is not a mental health problem in and of itself; however, it can be a risk factor for mental health problems. Research has found that higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders. You can find out more here. 

Did you know that 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.


It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Below are 10 practical ways to help look after your mental health:

  • Talk about your feelings

  • Keep active

  • Eat well

  • Drink sensibly

  • Keep in touch

  • Ask for help

  • Take a break

  • Do something you’re good at

  • Accept who you are

  • Care for others

If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority.

Children and Young People aged 4-18 years who are in a Surrey state school can access CAMHS, supporting children and young people that are experiencing mild to moderate emotional or mental health difficulties.  The team can be contacted via your child's school or school nurse.

If you or your child needs mental health advice, contact CAMHS Single Point of Access on 0300 222 5755. They are open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.

Here you can access podcasts, videos, tools for you to test your stress and levels of positive mental health, inspiring stories and information about getting help.