Whiteburn is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week, Scotland
This year’s theme is the Natural World, and promoting the benefits towards Mental Health, by being among nature.
Monday 10 May 2021 marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.
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. Whiteburn will be encouraging staff to take part making the most of getting out into Scotland’s great outdoors and promote good mental health.
Managing Director , Eve McCurrich says “ the past year has been challenge to all of us but perhaps the positive outcome has been the open recognition of the importance our mental health. At Whiteburn over the coming months we will all undertake a Mental Health Awareness course to help us recognise signs and be able to support each other. The focus on ‘getting out to nature’ is a great initiative and I am encouraging everyone to get out during the day to appreciate the benefits”
Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “Mental Health Awareness Week has grown to be one of the biggest awareness weeks in the UK. This year the theme is on nature and its central role for our mental health. Since the beginning of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature to help us get through lockdowns and our research shows that good mental health depends on us being able to connect with nature in some way and its power in both prevention of and recovery from poor mental health.
“During the week, we want to hear millions of people’s stories about how the natural world has supported their mental health.
“We also want to highlight the huge disparities between who is and who isn’t able to access nature. We want the week to explore how everyone across the UK can connect with nature and experience the mental health benefits wherever they live.”
Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:
Try to get out into nature when you have time, and look around. Maybe notice the trees and flowers which are coming to life this springtime, take in the smell of the cut grass, maybe plant some seeds and watch the progress of the plants growing and blossoming. You may choose to take photos of wildlife around your home or even in a nature reserve, or of the changing of the days in a certain spot and appreciate the landscape changing and evolving.
- 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
- Show your support to mental health awareness by buying and wearing a green ribbon, they international symbol of mental health awareness
- The month of May is ‘Take Action, Get Active’, an event to encourage people to take part in some form of exercise for 30 minutes a day, to help with mental health wellbeing. You can take part for 30 days, even if you begin into the month of May
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
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