Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on sleep

The focus of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week will be the subject of sleep. Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, the event is to run from May 23rd to the 30th and will see the group working together with people and bodies throughout the UK to help raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues.

It will form the centrepiece of a year-long campaign by the organisation and the relationship between sleep and mental health is to be the main topic of the week-long spectacle this year.

This area has been chosen because insomnia can play a key role in a person's mood, concentration levels, energy, relationships and day-to-day functioning.

Professor Peter Kinderman, Chartered Psychologist and Chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology, said: "The Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Awareness Week is a wonderful opportunity for us all to remind ourselves of the importance of mental health and well-being issues."

"This is a particularly stressful time for many people and it is important not only to remember the impact of social change and, particularly poverty, on people's mental health, but also to reflect on how we can all improve our well-being."

"So it's a really heartening thing to see this year's focus on sleep - sleep is vital to our health, our mental health and our wellbeing."

"When stressed, our sleep often suffers. And when our sleep suffers, we often get stressed ... as do those close to us!"

"During Mental Health Week, the British Psychological Society will work closely with Mental Health Foundation to help promote this important issue."

At the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology in December, Professor Colin Espie from the University of Glasgow will be chairing a symposium entitled Sleep: The Best Bridge between Hope and Despair is a Good Night's Sleep.

Full details can be found here.