The Mental Health Foundation has chosen ‘Nature’ as the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10 – 16 May) with millions having turned to nature as a coping mechanism during the pandemic.
Research shows that 45% said that being in green spaces had been vital for good mental health.
Another inspiration for the chosen theme was that 2021 is going be a huge year for nature: a new Environment Bill will go through the UK Parliament which will shape the natural world for generations to come; the UK will host the G7 nations where creating a greener future will be a key priority and a historic international UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will be hosted in Glasgow in November.
Mental Health Awareness Week hopes to encourage people to speak out about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice. You can join the conversation on social media using the hashtags: #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
There is more information on how to support the campaign on the Mental Health Awareness Week website.
Members are reminded that they can sign up to automotive charity, BEN to receive tips, advice and tools for total health and wellbeing. This is available to anybody who works or has worked in the automotive industry.