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Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of DDCAP Group’s Sustainable and Responsible Actions (SRA) programme, DDCAP Group’s London office supported UK Mental Health Awareness Week from 13th May to 19th May.

For one week each May, the Mental Health Foundation (the UK’s charity for mental health) campaigns around a specific theme.  Since the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, the Mental Health Foundation has raised awareness for topics like stress, relationships, loneliness, sleep, alcohol and friendship.  Their campaign has brought together schools, businesses and communities to start conversations around mental health that can change and even save lives.  Their focus is on prevention and they aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems. They believe mental health is everyone’s business as mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time.

The theme for 2019 was “Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies”.  As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Mental Health Foundation:

  • published the results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health.
  • Looked at body image issues across a lifetime – including how it affects children and young people, adults and people in later life.
  • highlighted how people can experience body image issues differently, including people of different ages, genders, ethnicities and sexualities.
  • used research to continue campaigning for positive change and publish practical tools to help improve the nation’s relationship with their bodies.

DDCAP Group supported this cause by giving staff the opportunity to donate money for a Green Ribbon pin badge. The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness. All proceeds from the green ribbon badge fund the Mental Health Foundation’s life-changing work as a UK charity dedicated to mental health.

 

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