13th - 20th May
Anxiety is an important human emotion but, in some circumstances, it can get out of hand and become a mental health problem.
A lot of different things can contribute to feelings of anxiety, including exams, relationships, a new job, a date or a big life change. It is also an emotion people frequently experience around money and not being able to meet life’s basic needs.
Anxiety is also one of the most common mental health problems people face. According to a survey we carried out recently, a quarter of adults feel so anxious that it stops them from doing the things they want to do some or all of the time. Six in ten adults feel this way at least occasionally.
The good news is that anxiety can be made easier to manage. By focusing on anxiety for Mental Health Awareness Week in 2023, we want to improve public understanding of anxiety and share some of the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem. And we also want to keep up the demand for change - to make sure that improving mental health is a key priority for the government and our society.