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Mental Health Awareness Week

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Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 10-16 May 2021. The theme is 'Nature'.

Events in Plymouth

Greens Minds

The Green Minds project partners, Devon Wildlife Trust, have lots of free online resources including nature spotter sheets and activities.

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, we are aiming to share short, calming nature videos on the @NaturePlymouth Twitter and Facebook channels. Each day, we'll encourage people to take a break, enjoy the video, and then head out and see what wonderful things they can see out and about.

Mental Health Awareness Week Poole Farm Poster

Mental Health Awareness Week Central Park Poster

Mental Health Awareness Week Derriford Community Park Poster

Mental Health Awareness Week Take Action For Wildlife Poster

Other events

Mental Health Awareness Week Toolkit and resources

My Mental Health - Video and Toolkit

My Mental Health is a Carers Trust project that provided young carers, young adult carers and the staff who support them with the knowledge, confidence and opportunities to understand their mental health needs and campaign to bring about positive change.

Throughout the project, 281 young carers were involved in local and national campaigning activity. We brought together some of the young carers and young adult carers to discuss their achievements and what involvement meant to them. Using their testimony, we worked together to co-produce this video to show the importance of giving young and young adult carers a voice to campaign on issues that matter to them.

Explore the Breaking the Silence on Mental Health toolkit


Mental Health Awareness Week FAQs

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place on 10-16 May 2021 and this year's theme is nature.

What is Mental Health Awareness Week and why does it matter?

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the Week. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.

Mental Health Awareness Week is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year we want as many people as possible - individuals, communities and governments - to think about connecting with nature and how nature can improve our mental health.

However, the Week is also a chance to talk about any aspect of mental health that people want to - regardless of the theme.

Why was Nature chosen as the theme for the week?

The theme was chosen because being in nature is known to be an effective way of tackling mental health problems and of protecting our wellbeing.

This seemed particularly important this year - in the year of a pandemic. Our own research has shown that being in nature has been one of the most popular ways the public have tried to sustain good mental health at a challenging time.

Our hope is that by growing awareness of the importance of nature to good mental health - we can also work to ensure that everyone can share in it.

Nature is something that is all around us. It can be really helpful in supporting good mental health. Our ambition is to try to make that connection clearer for both individuals and policy makers.

How do you define Nature? 

By "nature" we mean any environment in which we can use our senses to experience the natural world. This could include the countryside, a park or garden, coast, lakes and rivers, wilderness, plants or wildlife closer to home. It could also include nature that you can see or interact with in or from your home.

Aren't there much more important mental health priorities than nature at the moment?

We are not saying that nature is the only priority that is important. And nature is not going to solve all mental health issues. But connecting with nature can play an important part in improving people's mental health and make us feel better about ourselves.

During lockdown, nature has played a vital part in supporting mental health. According to our own research, last summer half of people in the UK said that being in nature was a favoured way to cope with the stress of the pandemic.

What about people who can't access nature?

This will be a key part of the Week. Many people find it hard to access nature because of where they live or because they have no outside space. We will use the Week to launch new policy requests to enable greater access for people to nature. This can include making parks feel safer to use or planting more trees in our streets or asking developers to include plants and green spaces in their designs.


How can I get involved?

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