Healthwatch Barnet is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.
The organisers, the Mental Health Foundation, have suggested ways to get involved:
- During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature in your 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.
- Share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
- Use Mental Health Foundation resources in your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands of people who will be finding new ways to connect with nature in their local environment.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit the website or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
There are lots of special events for Barnet residents too. Visit the Barnet Wellbeing website for a list of their special events, free and open to everyone.
If you've found the national lockdown difficult, as so many of us have, or feel that now that restrictions are easing there may be new challenges to consider, be sure to visit the NHS Every Mind Matters website. There are tips on how to cope with anxiety about coming out of lockdown and lots of extra Every Mind Matters resources to help conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. Take the quiz and discover your mind plan.