Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual campaign coordinated by the Mental Health Foundation, which is taking place 10th – 16th May 2021 and aims to raise awareness of mental health and usually has a targeted theme which changes each year.
This year the campaign theme is ‘Nature’. The theme was chosen because being in nature is known to be an effective way of tackling mental health problems and of protecting our wellbeing. This seemed particularly important this year – in the year of a pandemic. The Mental Health Foundation’s own research has shown that being in nature has been one of the most popular ways the public have tried to sustain good mental health at a challenging time. Their hope is that by growing awareness of the importance of nature to good mental health – we can also work to ensure that everyone can share in it. Nature is something that is all around us. It can be really helpful in supporting good mental health.
Click here to find out more about the campaign, how nature can help mental health and how to start connecting with nature.
Connecting with nature at Washington Mind
Join us on Tuesday 11th May 2021 from 12pm at The Life House for a Mental Health Awareness Week walk! The walk will last 40-60 minutes and friendly four-legged friends are welcome to join too. During the session we will be walking around our local natural spaces and taking notice of the wildlife around us. Those who join us will also receive a free copy of a Mental Health Foundation Nature Journal to take home which can be used to continue your connections with nature in your daily life.
Washington Mind in the community during Mental Health Awareness Week
Across Mental Health Awareness Week, we will be bringing our community mental health van out to local spaces near you. Our team will have information and resources on mental health, improving wellbeing and accessing our services. Keep an eye out for us coming soon and watch our Facebook page to find out what we get up to.