Connect with Nature – Mental Health Awareness week

The last 12 months has been a difficult time to say the least.

Almost everyone has been affected by the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. Whether dealing with the loss of someone close or simply worrying about when things will return to normal, many have been struggling to maintain a good state of mental health.

The level of awareness about the importance of mental health has improved over the last few years, which is obviously great news. But whilst there are still millions of people suffering in silence, we must all strive to do more. And you don’t have to do anything extravagant to make a difference. When it comes to supporting people with their mental health, the small things really do count.

If someone you know seems to be struggling and you want to help, simply pick up the phone or pop over for a chat (socially distanced and outdoors of course). This can make a huge difference – demonstrating that you care and reassuring them that they have a place to turn and someone to talk to.

Talking is key. As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Very cliché, but never truer. Just being listened to can help someone feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If they open up to you, it might encourage you to do the same.

Another great strategy for improving mental wellbeing is through nature – the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness week.

During the long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to the outdoors. Speaking from experience, it really does help. Fresh air, the change of scenery, and a momentary release of any worries or anxiety.

We all have different experiences of nature, and different reasons for wanting to connect with it more. You might find you get something completely different from one activity compared to someone else. But whatever it is, get outdoors.

Capitalise on the benefits nature unquestionable provides to your mental (and physical) wellbeing. And why not share your stories with us others. After all, the best way to raise awareness is by telling others!

Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek