With Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 coming to a close today, there has been a wealth of conversation around the topic that shows just how much awareness has changed in only a few years. This year's theme is stress and it's been amazing to see the openness and honesty people have been adopting. If you've not had chance to read the many pieces around the week, we've put together a few of our favourites below - from adland and beyond.
1. Bella Mackie for The Pool: Mental illness is often shocking, messy and dark. Our conversation must reflect that.
In a very honest piece sharing her own personal experiences with mental health, Bella celebrates the fact that the stigma is slowly reducing - but talks about the habit of "sanitising" the language around mental health. Her piece gives perspective on how unequipped some people are to have conversations with those suffering with their mental health.
2. Diana Tickell for Campaign: Why prioritising mental wellbeing is a matter of urgency for adland
NABS CEO Diana discusses how the nature of adland - with such high staff turnover compared to many industries - means mental wellbeing is a conversation that can't be ignored. A useful piece which sums up some of the positive stories from adland on how they're doing this, but also with practical resources to help businesses understand mental health, and improve the support for it in the workplace.
3. The Mental Health Foundation Stress test
As the organisation behind Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation also decided the theme for it this year: stress. While stress itself isn't a mental health problem, it is linked to many mental health conditions as well as physical conditions. The Foundation have a wealth of information on stress and all elements of mental health, but you can start by taking their simple 10-question stress test to see where you fit on the scale.
4. Advertising done right: BBC and commercial radio unite for Mental Health Minute in media first
We all love a media first, but it's especially exciting when it's done for a good cause. The Mental Health Minute which ran this week saw 300 stations across BBC and commercial team up to feature content relating to mental health to a whopping audience of 20 million. Well done to all involved.
5. Anxy magazine
Anxy is a magazine designed for those who struggle with anxiety, with the goal that sharing and openly talking about emotions and inner battles will help to overcome them. Each issue centres around a theme and is brought to life with interviews, opinion pieces and recommendations for other sources to explore. It's only released twice a year and it's so new that future issues are still on Kickstarter (where they started from) but you can also shop previous issues on their site. It's released biannually - for those who'd like to take a look at it first, it's carried in four shops in London and one in Bath.
And finally, where to go if you feel like you might be struggling with your mental health.
NABS is the employee support organisation for the advertising and media industry. Visit their page here to see how they could help
And you can always check out the Mental Health Foundation for help and resources.