Mental Health Awareness Week
10 – 16 May 2021
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's focus is 'nature'; this was the chosen theme because during the pandemic, research proved that people found walking in nature was one of the best coping strategies for wellbeing and mental health.
There are so many psychological, emotional and health benefits to being out in nature and this week is our chance to enjoy the outside!
It is so important for everybody to enjoy nature but unfortunately only 13% of children in the UK have access to a garden, so make it your focus to spend more time outside, enjoying your surroundings!
At the 'Mental Health Foundation' they are asking for the following:
- Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
- Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
- Talk about nature: use their tips, school packs, research and policy guides to discuss in your family, school, workplace and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.