Surviving to Thriving

Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. The theme this year is 'Surviving to Thriving' but what does this mean for mental health?

We all have mental health and good mental well-being is more than just the absence of a mental health problem. This MHAW aims to shift the conversation from mental illness to why so few people are thriving with good mental health.

On Saturday, I had the privilege of taking part in the 'Walking out of Darkness' event, a 10 mile walk founded by Clasp Charity to help raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. This well attended event was supported by the work of the West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Commission and many great local organisations.

We heard from the likes of Clarke Carlisle, former professional footballer and Steven Gilbert, living experience consultant who shared their own personal experiences of mental illness and recovery.

I also had the honour of meeting Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn from the 'Find Mike' campaign, who expressed the importance of talking about how you feel.

The day encouraged many conversations around mental health promotion and mental illness prevention, a great start in the run up to MHAW 17.

I look forward to many more conversations happening this week as we move from Surviving to Thriving.

Katie attended the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where she set up Altruist in 2013. Since then, Katie has won various awards including Birmingham Mail's Young Achiever of the Year 2017, New Entrepreneurs Foundation 'Future Face of Business' and Entrepreneurial Spark's 'Most Accelerated Business'. She has also been a finalist in nine other award categories and in 2014, Katie was invited to attend the prestigious 'Women of the Year Lunch' in honour of her work raising awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental health.

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