Mental Health Awareness Week aims to get people talking. This year’s theme is ‘nature’ and how we can use our senses to experience nature and tackle mental health problems.

Nature is known to be an effective way of improving our wellbeing. Whether it’s going for a stroll around the local park or countryside, watering the plants or just watching wildlife, nature is something we can all embrace. The outdoors has been particularly important this year – as many of us chose to go on walks and visit green spaces to cope with the stress of the pandemic.

How to get involved

There are lots of ways you can get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week. You could:

  • Connect with people - Take a walk or picnic outside with others or share photos of some things you appreciate about nature and how nature makes you feel. If you share your pictures on social media, please don’t forget to use the hashtags #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #ConnectWithNature.
  • Be active – Do some activities outdoors, walk, run or cycle and connect with nature around you.
  • Get Involved in the community - Look for ways to help your local environment – go on a litter picking walk or volunteer for a local conservation project.

We hope you can take a moment to appreciate nature during Mental Health Awareness Week and the difference it could make to your daily life.

Mental health support 

Worried about your mental health? If you would like more information on organisations specialising in providing mental health support, please click here

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