This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 – an annual event to promote issues surrounding mental health.

Promoted by the Mental Health Foundation, the theme of this year is anxiety, highlighting some of the issues that may cause anxiety but also looking at strategies people can use to help control it.

Focusing on anxiety for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people’s awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, running from 15th – 21st May, is being back by Natalie Don, SNP MSP for Renfrewshire North and West.

She said: “Anxiety can affect anyone and while it is a normal emotion in us all, sometimes it can get out of control and impacts on our daily lives.

“There are many things that can lead to feelings of anxiety – debt, exam pressures, relationships, parenting to name just a few, but it is important to remember that it can be managed.

“Mental Health Awareness Week occurs every year, with a different focus, trying to increase the public’s understanding of mental health issues. Weeks like this are great for raising people’s awareness and understanding of an issue but at the same time, it is important to highlight matters like this every day of the year because it is not just one day, or one year that people need help.”

She added: “Of course, help is available. As well as medical support, there are online resources – including some excellent information from the Mental Health Foundation – which can help you to tackle any anxiety that you may feel. Please don’t suffer in silence and don’t be afraid to seek the support you need.”


By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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