Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May and it’s aim is to raise awareness of mental health.
This year, the theme for the week is ‘Nature’. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways.
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.”
We will be sharing some of the sounds of Nature that we interact with, on social media using #ConnectWithNature and we will be asking others to share their sounds/videos with us.
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