Mental Health Awareness Week begins from 10th May 2021 until 16th May 2021. The theme around mental health in 2021 is nature and the environment.
This is the time of year when organisations, employees and the world, joins the fight against mental health. The world had to come to terms with restriction in freedom in 2020, due to the outbreak of Covid-19; and the impact of lockdown has had negative effect on the mental health of many. according to a recent survey by Young Minds with 2,438 young people aged 13-25, 67% believed that the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health.
As a result, when the opportunity arises, we are encouraged to go outside for some fresh air, whilst experiencing the goodness of nature.
According to the Mental Health Foundation,
Almost two thirds of adults said that by being close to nature, they experienced positive emotions.
Daily life can be filled with stress, pressures and various emotions. By taking up an activity or hobby that involves nature, such as gardening or a walk near the river, can prove to be a significant stress release.
Nature is doing it’s part in the fight against mental health.