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How to take part in BRIGHTEN UP! on World Mental Health Day

Mental Health Research UK would be delighted if you would join us on World Mental Health Day (10 October) every year for our depression awareness campaign, Brighten Up! It’s very easy to take part.

The concept is simple: wear your brightest clothes and make a visual impact! If you don’t own any, then how about popping to your local second hand clothes store and supporting a local charity as well? Hopefully your colourful clothes will help start conversations about mental health and raise awareness of depression and seasonal affective disorder. Here’s all you need to do:

  • You can join on your own, whatever your circumstances.

  • It’s even more fun if you can identify a group that will take part - ideally in your workplace or school, but it could be a group of friends.​

  • Once you have some support, get the idea approved if this is necessary (for example, at work), and then try to get all your friends and supporters to spread the word to involve others.​

  • Encourage discussion about what to wear!​

  • It’s not compulsory, but we’d love it if you decided to raise money for Mental Health Research UK. If so, have a bucket for contributions on the day.

  • Have fun brightening up people’s day, and starting conversations about mental health and well-being!


  • Whilst it’s ideal if you join Brighten Up! on World Mental Health Day (10 October), if this date doesn’t work for you, just pick another date near then.


Thank you, and please let us know about your brighter day!

You can download a poster.

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