Mental Health Week 2022

Leith Community Archers are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week in Scotland

This year the theme is Loneliness which affects millions of people across the UK. 

Monday 9 May 2021: Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of the issue.   

The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), is in its 22nd year and runs from 9-15 May. 

This year, the theme for the week is ‘Loneliness’.  Across the country, people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental wellbeing problems such as depression and anxiety. Leith Community Archers will be having two days of Outdoor Target Archery at Beecraigs Country Park.  The events are free.  We will be providing transport for those who require it, so please indicate if you need transport on the booking form.  Due to limited spaces and travel arrangements available, we will contact you directly to confirm your requested time slot. Details and how to book are here
Please fill out the form before the 10th of May.

Three or four members of the Leith Community Archers instructors will be there to guide you through the day.

Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the MHF said:
“We hope this year’s theme of loneliness will strike a chord with many of us who felt lonely and struggled throughout the Covid pandemic.
“Millions of us experience loneliness from time to time. We know that some people are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness and the evidence shows the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.
“Loneliness deserves more attention and we’re calling on everyone who has struggled as a result of being lonely to share their experiences. We must work together - as individuals, as a society, and through government policy - to reduce loneliness and prevent mental health problems by investing in welcoming social spaces and new community initiatives.”

Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week: 

  • During Mental Health Awareness Week use the hashtag  #IveBeenThere to share experiences of loneliness to support others and give the campaign momentum. 
  • Sign up to walk, run or job as part of our 80 Miles in May challenge and share your photos using #80MilesinMay and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. 

For more information about this year’s Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #IveBeenThere and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 

Photography by Aga Lapucha
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