Today, Monday 10 May 2021, marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.
The week, which the mental health foundation hosts, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May.
It is not by accident that the theme for the week this year is ‘Nature’.
During the pandemic, millions of people turned to nature in an effort to cope with the ‘new normal’ and challenges we were all facing, and 45% of people reported being in green space had been vital for their mental health.
People across the country will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community. We invite you – our aspergillosis community to join in and share your activities with us across social media.
Some of the ways you can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:
- Why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the 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 sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek hashtags. Tag us @MFT_NAC (Twitter) or @MFTNAC (Facebook), and we will share and collate all the images at the end of the week.
- Join our weekly patient and carer support meeting. Held virtually on Thursday each week at 10am, it is a great opportunity to come and talk to NAC staff and other aspergillosis patients. You can find more information about the meetings and how to join here. Everyone is welcome, not just NAC patients and carers.
- Join in with the 2021 Greater Manchester Walking Festival. Using 3 levels of calendars for the month, there is a visually prompted activity idea for each day of the month to encourage people to walk more during May.
Below is an infographic from the Wildlife Trust; more information about how you can improve your mental health through nature can be found here.
If you want to find out more about what you can do to look after your mental health, Every Mind Matters is an invaluable resource that aims to help people take simple steps to look after their mental wellbeing and support others.