The mental health 2021 dates for your diary

Note them down, write them in your diary, or on an old receipt – whatever you have to do to remember these key mental health dates.

Raising awareness and educating people about mental health saves lives and makes people suffering with these life altering illnesses feel supported.

February

Children’s Mental Health Week – 1-7 February 2021

Children’s Mental Health Week campaign aims to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. The awareness week is also about supporting parents and carers too. Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement, so that is why this week is more important than ever.  

Time to Talk Day – 4 February 2021

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet too many people are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless because of this. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. We know that talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn’t have to. This time, our theme is ‘the power of small’ – because a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.  

March

Eating Disorders Awareness Week – 1-7 March 2021

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an international awareness event that attempts to tackle the myths surrounding disorders such as binge eating. Their goal is that people will be treat with compassion and understanding.

Self Injury Awareness Day – 1 March 2021

Self Injury Awareness Day is an incredibly important movement about raising awareness for self-injury. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, banishing judgment and fear, and reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence. The day is also about educating people who do not self-injure, and reaching out to people who do.

University Mental Health Day – 4 March 2021

Student Minds and UMHAN (University Mental Health Advisers Network) bring together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority and create ongoing year round change to the future of student mental health.

WORLD SLEEP DAY – 19 MARCH 2021

The goal of the World Sleep Society is to advance knowledge about sleep, circadian rhythms, sleep health, and sleep disorders worldwide, especially in those parts of the world where this knowledge has not advanced sufficiently. 

World Bipolar Day – 30 March 2021

The vision of World Bipolar Day (WBD) is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and to eliminate social stigma.  Through international collaboration, the goal of World Bipolar Day is to bring the world population information about bipolar disorders that will educate and improve sensitivity towards the illness. It is celebrated on the birthday of Vincent Van Gough.

April

Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to increase public awareness of the causes, signs and coping strategies for stress. During this annual thirty day period, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

May

Mental Health Awareness Week – 3-9 May 2021

Run by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is a national week to raise awareness of mental health problems and promote the message of good mental health for all. This year the theme is nature and the environment.

UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week – 10-16 may 2021

This is a week long campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness while pregnant or after having a baby. They are dedicated to signposting to support for all mums and focus on advocating for mums affected by maternal mental health, to access the information and help they require to enable recovery. 

June

men’s health week – 14-20 june 2021

Men’s Health Week raises awareness of the health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become more aware of health problems they may have or could develop and gain the courage to do something about it. This includes mental, as well as physical help.

International Fathers’ Mental Health Day – 22 june 2021

Held on the day following Father’s Day, this campaign looks to highlight key aspects of fathers’ mental health, with particular attention on paternal postpartum depression. It was set up because of a global concern that new fathers need support and screening for their mental health.

September

World Suicide Prevention Day – 10 september 2021

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.

October

World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2021

World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

November

National Stress Awareness Day – 3 November 2021

National Stress Awareness Day on the first Wednesday in November aims to identify and reduce the stress factors in your life.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day – 20 november 2021

A day in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience.

Anti-bullying week – 8-14 november 2021

The Anti-Bullying Alliance brings a week long reminder that bullying is never acceptable. This is a great opportunity to reinforce anti-bullying messages in your school or workplace.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.