An annual campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.
Whether you are in the countryside, in a city centre or anywhere in between, nature connects to us in powerful and unique ways. We’ll be exploring ways of connecting to nature, your natural sense of self, and offering 5 ways to invite more nature into our lives this week.
Stay tuned each day for thoughts, offerings and invitations from us here at Re-Tribe, in support of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2021. They’ll be posted here on our blog, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
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.”
Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:
- 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.
- 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 in 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.
About the Mental Health Foundation
- Our vision is of good mental health for all.
- The Mental Health Foundation works to prevent mental health problems.
- We drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to lead mentally healthy lives with a particular focus on those at greatest risk.
- The Foundation is the home of Mental Health Awareness Week.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
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