Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is connecting with nature. During the last 18 months, nature was key in maintaining a good level of mental health.

We all sought nature wherever we could, a stroll in the park, a walk in a nearby woods, even 20 minutes outside looking at the birds flying in the sky was an important activity to keep our mental wellbeing healthy.

We need to continue having conversations about mental health, in SupplyWells previous post about coping with stress we explored how people can manage feelings of stress in an effective way. 74% of UK adults have felt stressed at some point over the last year. 75% of all education staff have faced physical or mental wellbeing issues because of their work and 53% have considered leaving as a result. SupplyWell’s co-founder and CEO Michael Heverin is one of thousands of teachers who have left the profession due to stress and mental health pressures. There are many different techniques for coming with mental health issues, according to the Mental Health Foundation, 45% of people reported that that being in green space has been vital for our mental health.

So how can we connect with nature and improve our mental health?

Look for nature wherever you are. Are you sitting by a window? Take a look outside, list all the elements of nature that you can see. Can you take a trip to the coast and walk along the beach or visit your local park? Are there any community gardens nearby if you live in an urban location or some courtyards you can walk through and have a picnic. 

What you can do. 

The Mental Health Foundation would like you to do these 3 things this week (and hopefully it will become regular practice in the future.)

  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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.

For this week make a conscious effort to notice nature wherever you can. For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week visit here. 


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