Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week; the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.
“Nature”, as the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, will probably resonate with the experiences of millions of people during pandemic lockdowns. There is now clear evidence, says the Mental Health Foundation, that access to nature is crucial for good mental health.
The aim of this week to “open our eyes to the power of nature”, explore barriers, and ensure that everyone can both share the natural world and experience its mental health benefits.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature in your local area? You could encourage your team and colleagues to take a walk every day, or spend time outside. You could share images, videos, or sounds recordings of the nature on your doorstep.
The Mental Health Foundation will also be using this week to launch new policy requests to enable greater access for people to nature.
Remember, this week is also a chance to talk about any aspect of mental health that people want to – regardless of the theme. Maybe its a good opportunity to check-in with your colleagues, and open up the conversation.
If you organisation would like to celebrate and highlight Mental Health Awareness week, there are resources to do so here
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw
Join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek