Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.
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. Marlborough Highways will be asking employees to share their photos to understand how nature got them through the national lockdown. Marlborough will also be sharing some nature photos of the London and Essex boroughs where we work to celebrate the nature that is all around us.
Matthew Revell, Managing Director commented “As a business, the mental health of our people is really important to us. Back in October last year, we invested in Health Shield to give our employees free access to a range of mental health-related resources should they need to speak to anyone. Mental Health Awareness Week presents us with another opportunity to talk about mental health and raise awareness within our business.”
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 in 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. We want the week to explore how everyone across the UK can connect with nature and experience the mental health benefits wherever they live.”
During Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation is asking people to try to make a habit each day of connecting to nature in their local area. Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.
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