Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event in the UK that helps to promote positive mental health. The event was founded by The Mental Health Foundation in 2001 and has gone on to become one of the most important mental wellbeing events, both in the UK and overseas.

‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’ is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

One of the most important things we can do to help protect our mental health is regular movement. Our bodies and our minds are connected. Looking after ourselves physically also helps us prevent problems with our mental health.

Movement is a great way to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking can boost our mood and increase our mental alertness and energy. Movement helps us feel better about our bodies and improve self-esteem. It can also help reduce stress and anxiety and help us to sleep better.

If you’d like to get moving more, this guide will give you some ideas to get started as well as tips on how to get the best mental health benefits from the movement you’re doing.

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Published: May 2, 2024