We are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week for 2021. This year the theme is Nature, because connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 theme: NATURE
Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is now in its 21st year and in 2021 it will run from 10-16 May. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways. We will be encouraging staff to get outside and take breaks. We’ll also be holding sessions with our Youth Ambassadors on how they look after their mental health.
We’ll be sharing top tips and links to our mental health support throughout the week. Don’t forget to check out our Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, because how you feel matters every day of the year, not just during Mental Health Awareness Week.
How to take part in Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Connect with nature in your local area
During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature in your local area? 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.
Get digital – get creative
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
Use Mental Health Foundation resources
You can use Mental Health Foundation resources with your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands of people who will be finding new ways to connect with nature in their local environment.
Use the resources in our Mental Health Hub
You’ll find insights, personal stories and support resources in our mental health zone for students and young people.
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Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week
For more information visit the Mental Health Foundation or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
Finally… a last word from the Mental Health Foundation
Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “Mental Health Awareness Week has grown to be one of the biggest awareness weeks in the UK. This year the theme is on nature and its central role for our mental health. Since the beginning of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature to help us get through lockdowns and our research shows that good mental health depends on us being able to connect with nature in some way and its power in both prevention of and recovery from poor mental health.
“During the week, we want to hear millions of people’s stories about how the natural world has supported their mental health.
“We also want to highlight the huge disparities between who is and who isn’t able to access nature. We want the week to explore how everyone across the UK can connect with nature and experience the mental health benefits wherever they live.”