Throughout the pandemic millions of us have been turning to nature to help us cope with all the challenges. Research from the Mental Health Foundation showed that going for walks outside was one of the biggest coping mechanisms.
Their research revealed that 45% of people said being outside in green space had been vital for their mental health during this crisis, which is why nature is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.
The campaign is encouraging everyone to take three actions:
Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Talk about nature: use our tips, school packs, research and policy guides to discuss in your family, school, workplace and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.
During the week the Mental Health Foundation will be providing evidence of how even small interactions with nature can make a big difference to our mental wellbeing and how we feel.
They will also be campaigning for everyone to have access to nature, citing that around 13% of households don’t have a garden, so it’s important to provide opportunities for everyone to get outdoors.
You can find out more about getting involved with Mental Health Awareness Week at the Mental Health Foundation website.