This year from the 10th to 16th May is Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. The theme this year is ‘Nature’.
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. The aim of Mental Health Awareness Week, now in its 21st year, is to encourage conversations around mental health and therefore reduce the stigma attached that can stop those affected seeking help.
During the long months of lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, millions of us have struggled more than ever. Research by The Mental Health Foundation found that turning to nature; whether that be by going for a walk, spending time in our gardens or simply listening to birdsong, has been one of the top coping strategies.
There are many powerful benefits of nature to our mental health, such as:
- reduction of stress
- encouraging relaxation
- increase in creativity and empathy
- improved physical health and self esteem
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation says, “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.”
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week click here or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.