Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Monday 10 – Sunday 16 May 2021
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week – an opportunity to raise more awareness of mental health and help break down the stigma.
This year’s theme is nature. Spending time in and around nature can have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. The fresh air, appreciating your natural surroundings, and connecting with the outdoors has been proven to have many health benefits.
What can I do?
This year, the Mental Health Foundation wants to inspire more people to connect with nature in new ways, noticing the impact that this connection can have for their mental health.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, try to get involved in one of three ways:
- 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 our 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.
(Source: The Mental Health Foundation)
Peer Support Groups
The Community Living Well Peer Support team runs various social groups – all taking place online at the moment. If you are registered with the Peer Support service, you can take part in these groups, which include sessions such as Nature Drawing and the History of Gardening. These groups can help you connect with nature, as well as meet people who may have similar experiences to you.
Find out more or register for Peer Support.
Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 10th May 2021