Authored by: Born To Be ADHD on May 21, 2018
In May, Mental Health Awareness Week took place across the UK. Initiated in 2001, Mental Health Awareness Week is a campaign organised by the Mental Health Foundation – a charity that researches into mental health issues and promotes better mental health to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding these issues. The purpose of Mental Health Awareness Week is to raise awareness, educate the public about mental health issues, and promote change to allow better mental health.
To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, guest blogger Michelle Beckett, Founder of ADHD Action, has written a blog on mental health and ADHD – check it out here!
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place on the second Monday in May of each year, and each year takes on a different theme. This year, it took place on 14 – 20 May with the theme of ‘Stress: Are We Coping?’
According to research, 16 million people experience a mental health problem each year and stress is a key factor in this. People with ADHD may experience excessive levels of stress. These can be brought on as a result of the symptoms of ADHD which include trouble focusing, short attention span, hyperactivity, and poor organizational skills – all of which can be overwhelming and can lead to frustration, feelings of loss of control and further stress.1
With awareness events like these, it is our hope that mental health continues to rise up the agenda, with more and more people recognising the importance of good mental health in their own lives and the lives of friends and family.
There are lots of different ways to manage stress. How do you manage yours? Let us know how you manage stress using our hashtag #BornToBeADHD!
1 Pitts M, Mangle L, Asherson P. Impairments, Diagnosis and Treatments Associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in UK Adults: Results from the Lifetime Impairment Survey. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing 2015; 29: 56–63.