Mental Health Awareness Week – get involved, get outside

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10-16) and this year’s theme is nature.

The Mental Health Foundation annual event is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on working towards improving our mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation tells us that nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world.

How to get involved

During Mental Health Awareness Week, you are invited to do three things: 

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. Think about or share what this means for you and how nature has supported your mental health.

Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, in order to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Talk about nature:  In your family, school, workplace and community talk about how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.

Check out these top tips for connecting with nature from mentalhealth.org.uk

What’s happening in Lincolnshire

Active Lincolnshire is promoting Getting Active and Feeling Good and wants us to focus on the benefits being physically active can have on boosting mood and protecting mental health and wellbeing. Find out more here.

If you feel like heading out, look back at our post about #letsmovelincolnshire or check out these hot spots for enjoying the nature and landscapes of Lincolnshire.

The Lincolnshire Wolds

Find out more

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, click here or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 

By Jacqui Sclanders

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