This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week (May 20-16) is nature.
Chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, Mark Rowland, explains the choice of this years theme: “During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health.”
He also adds that “it was as if we were re-discovering at our most fragile point our fundamental human need to connect with nature.”
For Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, the goals are to inspire people to connect with nature in new ways and to convince ‘decision makers at all levels’ that our access to nature is a mental health and social issue as well as an environmental one.
“Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world.”
The Mental Health Foundation encourages people to participate this week through their stories about how nature has supported their mental health.
“Stories are the best tools we have to influence change.”
If you love smelling the flowers, photographing the changes in nature, listening to the birds, or have a favourite nature spot, the Mental Health Foundation want to hear about it.
Visit mentalhealth.org.uk for more information.