What is Mental Health Awareness Week 2021?
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual awareness event. This year, it runs from 10 – 16 May 2021. The week aims to raise awareness of all aspects of mental health, reduce stigma of mental health, and provide help and advice for those struggling with their mental health.
What is the theme this year?
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is ‘nature’.
Nature doesn’t need to be complete wilderness. Nature is any environment where we can use our senses to experience the natural world. There are loads of ways to be surrounded by nature whether that be in your local park, your garden, the beach, or by a river – the list goes on and on!
What’s the link between nature and mental health?
Nature is known for being an effective way of reducing stress and negative feelings, helping to tackle mental health problems and increase our wellbeing.
According to research conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, turning to nature and being outdoors has been one of the most popular ways that the public have tried to take care of their mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.
How can you get involved in mental health awareness week?
Keep up to date with TheSprout to see new content each day of the week. We’ll be sharing great stuff around mental health awareness week on both on our website and social media platforms:
Also, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) have created a fundraising event called Take Action, Get Active which you can be involved with during the month of May. The challenge is to take part in half an hour of outdoor exercise per day to support the MHF. You can find more details on participating here.
For more information on mental health including a list of services, visit TheSprout’s Mental Health Info page.