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Tweet Thursday 16th May 2019

British Orienteering is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week taking place 13-19 May 2019. 

The theme this year is Body Image – How we think and feel about our bodies. 

During the week the Mental Health Foundation in partnership with Mind will be publishing new research and campaigning for change. 

Anyone can experience mental health problems, but it can be difficult to know where to find help, or how to offer your support.



  • 1 in 6 adults in the past week experienced a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. *1
  • 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. *2
  • 300,000 people a year leave the workplace because of mental health problems. *3
  • 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents. *4
  • Working people with mental health problems contribute £226m a year to the UK economy – that’s 12.1% of GDP.  *5
  • In 2017/8 mental health problems accounted for 15.4 million sick leave days in the UK.  *6
  • Depression affects around 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 years and over.  *7
  • Last year we found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.  *8
*1 Kessler RC, Berglund P, Demler O, Jin R, Merikangas KR, Walters EE. (2005). Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62 (6) pp. 593-602. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.62.6.593.
*2 McManus S, Bebbington P, Jenkins R, Brugha T. (eds.) (2016) Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds: NHS Digital. Available at: catalogue/PUB21748/apms-2014-full-rpt.pdf
*3 Thriving at Work: the Stevenson/Farmer review on mental health and employers (2017)
*4 Royal College of Psychiatrists. (2016). Parental mental illness: The impact on children and adolescents. Information for parents, carers and anyone who works with young people. Retrieved from healthadvice/parentsandyouthinfo/parentscarers/parentalmentalillness.aspx
*5 Mental Health Foundation (2016). Added Value – Mental Health As A Workplace Asset.
*6 ONS (2018). Working days lost in Great Britain.
*7 Health and Social Care Information Centre, (2007). Health Survey for England, 2005: Health of Older People. [online] Available at:
*8 Mental Health Foundation. (2018). Stress: are we coping? Available at: