Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 runs from Monday 13th May to Sunday 19th May. This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is “Movement: Moving more for our mental health.” 


The Mental Health Foundation hosts the annual campaign. They are encouraging all people to find moments for movement in our daily lives. We are proud to support this cause and help spread their message.


Why Movement Matters

There is a real connection between physical movement and mental well-being. Research consistently demonstrates the benefits of moving to mental health. Every movement counts, whether it’s a gym session, a walk, a dance class, simple chair exercises, the list goes on and on. 


Individuals who exercise have fewer days of poor mental health compared to those who do not exercise (Chekroud et al, 2018). Physical activity and exercise are recommended as therapeutic approaches for depression and schizophrenia (Schuch & Vancampfort, 2021). According to the NHS, the wellbeing benefits of exercise include:

  • Improved sleep
  • More energy 
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved mood
  • Improved focus
  • Sense of achievement
  • Reduced anger or frustration
  • Improved motivation
  • Improved social skills
  • Healthy appetite
  • Reduced tension, stress and mental fatigue


Get Involved

Show your support for Mental Health Awareness Week 2024:

  • Share your #MomentsForMovement on social media
  • Organise a Wear It Green Day to raise awareness and show solidarity 
  • Donate to support the Mental Health Foundation 
  • Join the Strava Challenge to increase your movement and mindfulness 


Advantage Accreditation offers ready-to-use learning materials for our accredited training centres. These include the Level 1 Award in Mental Health, Dementia, and Learning Disability Awareness, and the Level 2 Award in Mental Health.

If you are interested in delivering these courses, please contact us.