Mental Health Awareness Week takes place on 10th-16th May 2021 and this year’s theme is nature.
Mental Health Awareness Week is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. For this year’s theme, nature, Humankind is highlighting services that have engaged with nature to help the mental health of people who use them. Look out for daily stories from services across the country.
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.
During this week try to make a habit of connecting to the nature every day. 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.
- Read about how The Greens in Sheffield is helping residents with their mental health here.
- There’s some wonderful allotment work going on in Leeds that’s providing a boost to mental health.
- Meanwhile, in Devon, the healing power of nature is being harnessed to help people in recovery.
- Barnsley’s Recovery Ramblers experience the therapeutic benefits of nature.
Follow the campaign on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and tag us share with us how nature helps your mental health @Humankind_UK