Mental Health Awareness Week adopts anxiety theme for 2014

This years’ Mental Health Awareness Week will be held from 12-18 May and the theme will be anxiety. We are working closely with the Mental Health Foundation to encourage people to get involved in an effort to raise awareness and reduce stigma.

Conditions like panic, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are more common than people think – 1 in 5 people experience anxiety on a daily basis (ONS report, 2013) – and can be managed if treatment is sought early. According to the Centre for Mental Health, problems like anxiety and depression cost the economy around £105 billion a year.

“We are pleased to work alongside the Mental Health Foundation in raising awareness of anxiety disorders,” explains Anxiety UK’s CEO, Nicky Lidbetter. “Ensuring that people affected by anxiety have access to accurate information and ongoing support is critical as we know that early intervention often prevents the development of more entrenched and difficult to treat anxiety disorders.”

If you are planning an event during Mental Health Awareness Week, click here to download a supporter kit from the Mental Health Foundation.

If you are interested in helping Anxiety UK raise awareness of anxiety disorders, please contact our communications officer on media@anxietyuk.org.uk for more information. Check our website and social media in the coming weeks for further information about how Anxiety UK will be marking the week.