10/05/2022- Member


Mental Health Awareness Week, from May 9-15, is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.  This year the theme is Loneliness which affects millions of people across the UK.

The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs from 9-15 May.

This year, the theme for the week is ‘Loneliness’. Across the country, people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

BF will be sharing information about the week on its social media platforms and encouraging our community of clubs and members to create opportunities to combat loneliness through activity.

Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said, “We hope this year’s theme of loneliness will strike a chord with many of us who felt lonely and struggled throughout the Covid pandemic.

“Millions of us experience loneliness from time to time. We know that some people are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness and the evidence shows the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.

“Loneliness deserves more attention and we’re calling on everyone who has struggled as a result of being lonely to share their experiences. We must work together – as individuals, as a society and through government policy – to reduce loneliness and prevent mental health problems by investing in welcoming, social spaces and new community initiatives.”


Some of the ways BF members can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:


  • Join the conversation on social media using #IveBeenThere and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. During Mental Health Awareness Week use the hashtag #IveBeenThere to share or respond to experiences of loneliness to support others and give the campaign momentum.


  • Sign up to walk, run, jog or lunge as part of the 80 Miles in May challenge and share your photos using #80MilesinMay and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.


  • Join in the GB League. Ask your club to start adding fixtures to the GB League, a recreational league where members fence each other at all levels of ability. The league was designed to help clubs increase participation in an inviting, fun way as we return to fencing after the pandemic.


  • If you are experiencing mental health issues or would like more information about support, please visit the resources linked on our ‘Are you OK?‘ page.


For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week and to download social media imagery, visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw.


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