Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is an annual event hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. Taking place this year between 10 – 16 May 2021, the theme of the week is ‘nature’.
The week offers scope to explore the mental health benefits of connecting with nature and accessing green spaces.
However, the week is also an opportunity to explore what the barriers and challenges are in ensuring everyone is able to share in the natural world and experience the mental health benefits.
You can find more information about the week on the Mental Health Foundation’s website: Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.
Dr Chloe Schneider, Clinical Lead for Keeping Well is encouraging you to have more conversations around mental health.
Chloe said: "This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, the aim is to start talking about mental health and removing the stigma for everyone to have open, safe conversations with any feelings they are struggling with. However, we should be having conversations about this anytime, not just during this week."
If you find yourself struggling with any difficult feelings, our wellbeing professionals are available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm via live chat, telephone or email.
We also have a range of self-help resources you can access here
How has nature helped your mental health?
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.
Why not set yourself a task this week to get outside more? You can simply go for a walk, a jog, a bike ride, a trip to the park?
We want to see! Tweet us your pictures @KeepingWellNWL with hashtag #KeepingWell #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #ConnectWithNature