This year Mental Health Awareness Week will run from Monday 10th to Sunday 16th May and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Reconnect with nature’. During the pandemic many people explored green spaces they were not previously aware of and lots of people found solace in spending time in nature over what has been a very difficult 12 months. This is why the Mental Health Foundation decided that it was only fitting for the theme of this year’s campaign to be about enjoying the benefits of spending time in nature.
There are various ways in which you get out and about into Hounslow’s green spaces and make the most of being outside this spring and summer after having to spend so many days at home during lockdown:
As well as encouraging people to reconnect with nature Mental Health UK is also encouraging people to immerse themselves in the 5 Ways to Wellbeing for Mental Health Awareness Week. The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are:
Visit our Every Mind Matters page to get your very own ‘Mind Plan’ which provides simple steps you can take to look after your mental wellbeing.
You can also find some very helpful advice by visiting the NHS Every Mind Matters page.
The last 12 months have been difficult for everyone, but especially difficult for some people and this is why mental health services are now very much in demand.
If you feel that you or someone close to you would benefit from support with their mental wellbeing then Hounslow Council has a list of Mental health and wellbeing services Also, West London NHS Trust provides talking therapies for adults through their IAPT service for issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.
There is also a Hounslow Youth Counselling Service which provides free, confidential counselling for young people aged between 11 and 25 years of age.