Dawn with MHAW poster
Dawn with MHAW poster

Dawn has marked Mental Health Awareness week in Parliament by encouraging people to learn to love themselves and other people.

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every year from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year was Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

Last year the Mental Health Foundation found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. That’s almost 1 in every 3 people.

Dawn wore the Mental Health Awareness Week badge in the House of Commons to raise awareness, and also released a video to mark the occasion to encourage positive body image.

Dawn said:

“I was pleased to support Mental Health Awareness Week in Parliament. One in four people in the UK will suffer from mental health problems and these problems can affect anyone at any time, so it’s important to help build understanding about the varied mental health problems affecting people and end the stigma around it in society.


This year’s theme of Body Image is also so important – we must we love ourselves, and also seek help whenever we need it or whenever that we feel we need it. I often say that we should not simply tolerate our differences, but embrace them.


So my message this year is: look after yourself, embrace yourself and the body that you’ve come in. We all come in different shapes and sizes, so let’s not hold ourselves to anybody else’s standard but our own. Let’s love ourselves and let’s learn to love other people.”

According to Mind, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. And in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week. 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. This year’s theme is Body Image. We should not simply tolerate our differences, but embrace them. #EndTheStigma Mental Health Foundation – Mind – Labour Campaign for Mental Health

Posted by Dawn Butler on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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