Mental Health Awareness Week is run by the Mental Health Foundation, this year it falls from Monday 15 May – 21 May 2023 and the theme is anxiety.  

In a recent survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, a quarter of adults said they felt so anxious it stopped them from doing the things they want to do some or all of the time. 

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition people experience. It can be experienced as mild uneasiness, a panic attack or a range of feelings in between. Symptoms will be different for different people. 

Anxiety can affect people’s day-to-day work or life. We want to support you to support colleagues, friends and family who may experience it.  

Check out our latest resources 

This Mental Health Awareness Week, MHFA England, has developed the following resources.
Click here to download our five top tips to support someone with anxiety in the workplace digital poster

Click here to read Chief Executive, Simon Blake’s blog on the dual impact anxiety can have on our lives

Then during the week we will share a variety of content across our social media channels and community blogs from people with lived experience of anxiety.  

You can find us on your favourite channel using the handle: @MHFAEngland

You can keep up to date using #ToHelpMyAnxiety.  

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Supporting our MHFAiders® 

This year, we have focused a lot of our efforts for Mental Health Awareness Week on our MHFAider® community. We have created exclusive resources to help them carry out their role effectively. MHFAiders® were invited to a webinar on anxiety and we developed exclusive resources, including a factsheet and a new guide on how to apply the MHFA action plan to a situation where someone is experiencing anxiety.  

The exclusive resources are part of MHFAider® support and benefits, which includes:    
  • Access to 24/7 digital support through the MHFAider Support App® 
  • Quarterly webinars via the Online Learning Hub and ongoing learning opportunities 
  • Access to new films that share lived experiences of mental health conditions 
  • Ideas and materials to make the most of key moments in the mental health calendar   

For further information on how you can purchase support and benefits for MHFAiders® in your workplace, you can contact our Support and Benefits team via