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12 May

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022: #Howstha?

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) – the official charity and community arm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club – is encouraging members of the community to sign up for free online mental health courses in 2022.

The call to action is to highlight Mental Health Awareness Week which is running until 15 May this year.

It is an annual event and gives the whole of the UK the opportunity to focus on achieving good mental health.

This year’s theme is loneliness.

VIDEO: Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 – Loneliness

It is hoped the week will raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.

To help support the campaign YCF are encouraging people to sign up for the charity organisation’s #Howstha? campaign.

The campaign, originally launched last year, is centred around a series of online mental health courses aimed at individuals wishing to develop their knowledge in counselling, suicide awareness and awareness of mental health problems.

Beth Cook, Health and Wellbeing Manager for YCF, said: “Mental health conditions do not discriminate, which is why we feel these courses are the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to increase their own understanding of common mental health issues, as well as enhancing their own community through the knowledge gained.

“We want to work with as many cricket clubs, community groups and individuals who are keen to increase people’s understanding of ‘mental health’ and break down the stigma associated with this.”

VIDEO: Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 – Loneliness

The courses, which are run in partnership with The Skills Network, are available to study for free for individuals who are over the age of 19 and not currently in education.

Courses include:
•Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
• Level 2 Certificate in Self-harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention
• Level 2 Certificate In Counselling Skills

Upon course completion, learners will gain a nationally recognised qualification which is equivalent to GCSE level.

To find out more about the #Howstha campaign please click here.

What is Mental Health Awareness Week?

The Mental Health Foundation has set the theme and hosted Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK for the past 22 years.

It takes place every year and its aim, among others, is to start conversations about our mental health.

According to recent research by the Mental Health Foundation one in four (25 per cent) UK adults have felt lonely some, or all of the time, over the previous month.

Why is this year’s theme loneliness?

Loneliness affects millions of people in the UK every year and contributes significantly to poor mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health in the Pandemic research found that loneliness has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic.

How can I get involved?

Mental Health UK suggests a number of ways to get involved, including:

1. Raise awareness
2. Invite conversations
3. Volunteer your time
4. Ask others to act

To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week – visit here.

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