Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

18 - 24 May 2020


This year the Mental Health Awareness Week is about kindness. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18th – 24th May 2020.

Research shows that kindness relates to improved mental health. With social distancing happening world-wide due to the global 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, people are physically isolated from each other. Practicing kindness can close the physical gap between people.

Change your social media profile picture to support this year’s kindness theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. Get a copy of our social media image here.


  • Around 1 in 5 of the world's children and adolescents have a mental disorder.
  • About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14.
  • Almost 800 000 people die by suicide every year; 1 person dies from suicide every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in individuals aged 15-29 years.

*sourced from the World Health Organisation

How you can get involved?

It’s important now more than ever to spread kindness and care for one another in 2020. That is the concept of Mental Health Awareness Week, and here are a few ideas for how you can get involved:

1. Tell us about acts of kindness to yourself and others

We are interested in knowing how you're being kind to people in these difficult times - and how others are practising kindness to you.

We have created the hashtag #beekindADP for you to share your acts of kindness on social media with us. Or you can share them by tagging us in on Twitter at @ADPMentalHealth or on Instagram at @adp_mentalhealth.

2. Raise awareness of the need for further research

You can also contribute by promoting research related to mental health and sharing news about the latest Covid 19 research supporting mental health. Still less than 6% of UK health research funding is spent on mental health although it affects 23% of us. Promoting the positive affect of research can help raise awareness of the need for research.

3. Contact us about research you would like to explore with ADP

Have you got a research question you would like to investigate? We are looking for innovative research studies which investigate Mental Health and impact of Covid-19. ADP have access to a range of data which can be used to investigate your research question. Get in touch with us and let us know what your ideas for research. Email: or on Twitter: @ADPMentalHealth

To read more about our research visit our dedicated research page and follow us on twitter @ADPMentalHealth

The Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform is funded by MQ, a charity that champions and funds world-class research to transform the lives of everyone affected by a mental health condition.