Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event in the UK started by the Mental Health Foundation 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation sets a theme; the theme in 2021 is Nature.
Nature refers to any environment in which we can use our senses to experience the natural world – the countryside, a park or garden, coast, lakes and rivers, wilderness, plants or wildlife. Nature is central to our psychological and emotional health and has a unique ability that brings much consolation during times of stress, also increasing our sense of wonder and creativity. Connecting with nature can play an important part in improving our mental health and make us feel better about ourselves.
During this challenging pandemic year, research has shown that being in nature has been one of the most popular ways the public have tried to sustain good mental health. Many studies also found that during lockdown, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more – a re-discovery of a fundamental human need to connect with nature.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, take the time to:
- Experience and connect with nature
- Share your experiences via a photo, video or sound recording to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you are connecting with nature using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek; #mhaw #fightforMH
- Talk about nature and individuals can find new ways to connect with nature in the local environment.
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