Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.
The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May.
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. Online, Busy Bees Education and Training will be sharing tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your time in nature, and encouraging our apprentices to understand the benefits of outdoor learning. As well as this, we’ll be offering 50% off our Mental Health Training for all courses booked this week!
Our CEO Clare Phizacklea has said: “Mental Health Awareness week is important this year as a result of the unprecedented year the UK and the whole world have and are still experiencing as a result of Covid-19.
The pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated the anxieties some people experience through isolation and lockdown. Ensuring we spend time outside, walking and exercising is a great way to get you out of the same four walls that working from home has led us all to experience much more of.
It really improves your mood when you can get some fresh air and speak to other people on your walks albeit socially distanced.”
Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:
- During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to nature in your local area? Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers, or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.
- Share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
In your Early Years settings, engage your children in outdoor learning, and discover the benefits of learning outdoors not only for children, but for yourselves too!
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