Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Did you know that 10-16 May 2021 is Mental Health Awareness Week?

This annual event was started 21 years ago by The Mental Health Foundation but has increased in visibility considerably over the past few years.

The week is about starting conversations about mental health and what in our daily lives can affect it.

To kickstart this week of awareness, Jennifer Cellupica has put together a Virtual Health and Wellness Workshop from 10am to 12.30pm on Sunday 9th May. The workshop will be held over zoom (https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4476164435?pwd=ajl2VkhqY3hKd2RVVmplbjZqWnJnUT09 password: Flamingo), so you can join from anywhere.

Jen has set the theme of the workshop around Bipolar Disorder, and along with Dani, will be sharing her Bipolar story. Various tools and techniques to help with managing general mental health will be explored after the initial sessions around Bipolar Disorder.

Did you know that there are 5 subtypes of Bipolar Disorder? And that women are more likely to suffer from Bipolar conditions than men? Also, that 30% of people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder are also obese, leading to other health complications?

Bipolar disorder was previously known as manic depression as it is an episodic condition characterised by periods of extreme highs (mania), and lows (depression) in a person’s mood or emotions. Described by some as like being on a rollercoaster, it can have a significantly debilitating effect both on the individual’s life and on the lives of those around them.

“I have two moods, one is Roy, rollicking Roy, the wild ride of a mood. And Pam, sediment Pam, who stands on the shore and sobs … Sometimes the tide is in, sometimes it’s out”
– Carrie Fisher

Many of the ongoing treatments prescribed by doctors for Bipolar Disorder and other mental health conditions are around therapy, self-help, nutrition and exercise, and we can all manage our own mental health better by including a wide range of techniques into our daily lives.

Come and join Jen, Dani and Louise to become more aware about this subject and learn some tools to help you on a daily basis.

The event is free to attend, but donations to Bipolar UK are welcome.

 

Blog written by Sian Faire, sianfaireva.co.uk

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