Anxiety is this year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 15 – Sunday 21 May.

15 – 21 May is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is ‘Anxiety’.

Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem.

Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, including exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job (or losing one) or other big life events. We can also get anxious when it comes to things to do with money and not being able to meet our basic needs, like heating our home or buying food. But anxiety can be made easier to manage.

You may be looking to understand your own mental health better, or to support family members or friends. You may wish to develop a greater awareness of mental health issues as part of your continuing professional development. Or you may be a UNISON activist wanting to know how you can help members in your workplace and branch.

We’ve compiled some of UNISON’s best resources in a handy list below, along with some upcoming webinars on the topic.


Mental Health Matters: guidance for branches

Bargaining on Mental Health Matters: a practical guide for branches

Stress at Work: a guide for UNISON safety reps

There for You: a guide to UNISON welfare services