Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Mental Health Awareness Week – Monday 10 – Sunday 16 May 2021
Mental Health Awareness Week gives us the chance to create even more awareness of mental health, to talk openly about mental health issues to help break down the stigma, and to promote services and resources that are there for those who are facing a crisis.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 10 – Sunday 16 May 2021, and the theme this year is nature. There are many benefits to spending time in and around nature; it can positively impact our mental and physical wellbeing.
Fight for Mental Health
Although awareness of mental health has increased in recent years, there is still work to be done. During this pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle, for the first time in our lives. Some of us have seen our already fragile mental health plummet, while the support networks around us disappear. We’ve seen our friends, our partners, our parents, our children and ourselves struggle.
For them, for us and for you – we must take this chance to step-up the fight for mental health. That means fighting for change, for fairness, for respect and for life-changing support.
This Mental Health Awareness Week is your chance speak out, to spread the word and make change happen.
How you can help
Look out for those around you – if someone you know is struggling with a mental health issue, whether it’s stress or anxiety, depression or grief, reach out to them. Talk to them and ask questions about how they’re feeling. Encourage them to seek support from Community Living Well or Kensington & Chelsea Mind.
Share why you’re fighting for mental health – use your social media platforms to share articles or highlight the work of mental health organisations. Signpost people to resources or places they can contact if they need support, such as Mind or Samaritans.
Experience nature – take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. Go for walks, appreciate your surroundings, do some gardening if you can. Then take a photo or video and share the connections you’ve made to inspire those around you.
Donate – you could make a donation or do some fundraising for us so that we can continue to support and develop our services for people in Kensington and Chelsea. Nobody should face a mental health problem alone and with your help, we can be there for people who need urgent and ongoing information and support.
Whatever you do, speak out and show the world why fighting for mental health is important to you.
Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 10th May 2021