Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This week is Mental Health Awareness Weekand this year’s theme is ‘Nature’. If there’s one good thing that’s come out of the last year, it’s that many of us have had more time to notice the outdoor spaces near to where we live.

We know from research that spending time outside is good for our psychological and emotional health. Some researchers believe that looking at the colour green in nature has a relaxing effect on the brain and scientists also know that hospital patients with a view of nature recover faster!

The BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don has spoken often of his struggles with depression. Gardening and spending time outside has been essential to helping him recover from serious bouts of depression and helped him to improve his mental health generally.

Whatever you do, try doing these three things this week to #ConnectWithNature:

  • 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!
  • 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
  • Talk about nature:use the tips on the Mental Health Awareness Week website to discuss in your workplace how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.
  • Book in time to chat to friends and family- not via text but a proper conversation where you can share stories and laugh together.
  • Cut down on screen time- does social media make you feel better or send your blood pressure soaring? Think about whether cutting back on time spent looking at your phone will help you to feel less stressed.

You can also visit the website to find out more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek