This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week takes place between 15 and 21 May, and the theme is anxiety. 

Feeling anxious from time to time can be perfectly normal, especially ahead of important life events. However, when we feel like that all the time, it can put a strain on our mental health. 

A survey by The Mental Health Foundation found 34% of UK adults felt anxious, while almost three in 10 people (29%) experienced stress  in the past month. 

The good news is: with a little help and support, our anxiety can be managed. This year’s campaign aims to increase awareness and understanding by providing information and advice on the things that can help prevent anxiety from becoming a problem. 

Every day, millions of people feel anxious for a wide variety of reasons, and being famous is no shield. Ryan Reynolds has spoken several times, including on social media, about his long battle with anxiety:

Prince Harry may have looked cool and collected at the Coronation, but he has also been very public about his anxiety: 

WandaVision and Marvel star Elizabeth Olsen spoke to Variety about her panic attacks:

Young tennis star Naomi Osaka’s career has been affected by her anxiety and she talked to Vogue about how she manages it: 

The pandemic and its aftermath put anxiety firmly in the spotlight, with almost every sector of society affected by an increase in anxiety.  Luckily, there are a lot of resources out there that can help. 

You can get support from dedicated national organisation @AnxietyUK, as well as groups closer to wherever you are, from London-focused @GoodThinkingUK, to community groups in Manchester and Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside: 

Anxiety can rear its head at any time in our lives. If you’re a student, @StudentMindsOrg can help with that exam pressure: 

While @TimetoChange aims to help anyone, from business owners to bus drivers, struggling with anxiety to open up: 

There are other ways to ease anxiety, using music: 

Playing sport: 

And even volunteering 

Want to show your support for Mental Health Awareness Week? Wear something green on Thursday 18th. 

Everyone gets anxious occasionally – even us. That’s why we’re banging the drum for organisations offering 24/7 help and support, while also keeping in mind a quote from the one and only Julie Andrews: “if you remain calm in the midst of great chaos, it is the surest guarantee that it will eventually subside”.