Monday 10th May 2021 marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK's national week to raise awareness of mental health.
This week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from the 10th - 16th May.
This year, the theme for the the week is nature and people across the country will be celebrating the health benefits of being around nature in their local community.
ManHealth have long supported this idea and have a number of events running from group walks to fundraising challenges - all of which are intended to encourage people to get outside, move their bodies and enjoy the mental and physical benefits of being around nature.
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 the 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."
Some of the ways you can participate in 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 the patterns of the bark on trees, watch the animals in the fields... take a moment to appreciate these connections.
- Share photos or videos, or even just sound recordings, of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #connectwithnature and #mentalhealthawarenessweek
- Sign up to one of ManHealth's virtual challenges for just £5.00 and encourage yourself to spend time outside, walking, jogging or running through your local area.
For more information about this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, please visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #connectwithnature and #mentalhealthawarenessweek