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SANE's highlights from Mental Health Awareness Week
Added: 15th May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week and its hashtag #MHAW17 trended on Twitter in the UK, as thousands of people discussed emotional wellbeing in homes, offices and classrooms across the country. It was a busy week on social media and at the offices of SANE. Here are some of our highlights from last week which you may have missed.

1. #SANEchat goes live

SANE hosted a live Twitter chat on Thursday on the subject of mental health and the workplace. This Twitter chat was carried out with our Head of Services who offered support to Twitter users and answered questions on topics ranging from managing stress to supporting colleagues. You can recap the Twitter chat by visiting SANE's Storify account here. We'll be doing another #SANEchat next month so stay tuned on our Twitter channel.

2. James Arthur talks to Lorraine

SANE ambassador James Arthur appeared on ITV's Lorraine to discuss his battle with anxiety, his plans for a memoir and his incredible success in the US music charts. James Arthur has been a big supporter of SANE and was involved in last year's Glitch Campaign. You can watch part of his interview with Lorraine Kelly here.

3. Toby Joe Leonard visits SANE

Singer-songwriter Toby Joe Leonard visited the offices of SANE to add his support to Mental Health Awareness Week. He spoke to us about his experience of depression, how writing and producing music has aided his recovery and how services by SANE helped him when he needed it most. Toby performed two of his most personal songs to huge applause from Team SANE! You can catch the interview and his acoustic performances here.

4. Blogs, blogs and more blogs

Throughout May as part of National Share A Story Month, SANE supporters have been busy writing and adding their blogs to our website. These blogs detail what it's like to live with a mental illness and offer tips and messages of support to other people who may be experiencing similiar things. You can read these blogs here

5. More #SING4SANE success

Melissa James' charity single Live Again was played twice every day during Mental Health Awareness Week at every branch of Caffè Nero in the UK, meaning the song reached thousands more people as they drank and ordered their tea and coffee. The #SING4SANE campaign also received support from ArtHouse cinema in Crouch End who played Melissa's James video before selected films. Listen to Live Again here.

6. Election pledges

Mental health provision was in the spotlight many times last week, especially due to the ongoing General Election campaign. You can read a response SANE gave to pledges made by Theresa May to replace the Mental Health Act, reform the Equalities Act, and commit to 10,000 more staff working in NHS mental health services by 2020 here.

7. New partnerships

Representatives from SANE visited law firm Kingsley Napley, who have picked SANE as one of their charities to support, on Friday. It was great to hear about their plans to raise lots of money for SANE and to raise awareness of emotional wellbeing, encourage conversations around mental health and end the stigma. Read more about our partnership here.

8. New Black Dog animation

Talented animator Jack Hale created his own interpretation of SANE's Black Dog Campaign. You can view it on our YouTube channel here.

9. Superheroes run for SANE

Supporters of SANE put on their very best fancy dress costumes when they took on the Superhero Run in Regent's Park, London, on Sunday. It was a fun way to raise money for the services SANE provides. Click here for more.

10. Social media milestones

Just prior to and during Mental Health Awareness Week, SANE hit some big social media milestones:

- 80,000 Twitter followers

- 40,000 Facebook likes

- 280,000 YouTube views

- 1,000 Instagram follows

Make sure you follow these accounts to get the latest from Team SANE and how you can make a difference.

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