Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this week (10-16 May 2021) and this year's theme is nature.
What is Mental Health Awareness Week and why does it matter?
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally and is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it.
This year we want as many people as possible – individuals, communities and governments – to think about connecting with nature and how nature can improve our mental health. However, the Week is also a chance to talk about any aspect of mental health that people want to – regardless of the theme.
The week is an opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice. This year we want people to notice nature and try to make a habit of connecting to the nature every day. Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections. We also want people to share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek