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Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but Mental Health Awareness week is a great time to show your support for better mental health and looking after your own wellbeing.
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, 10 -16 May 2021 is ‘Nature’. Access to nature is crucial for our mental health and millions of people re-discovered this during the lockdowns both this year and last.
The Week is an opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice.
Use this week as an opportunity to open your eyes to the power of nature.
Taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical health. Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year.
According to research by Mind of over 16,000 people, more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said their mental health got worse during lockdown. Many people developed new mental health problems as a result of the pandemic and, for others with existing mental health problems, these have gotten worse.
Take action to get the best out of the ‘new normal’, it may be hard but we all still need to live in the best way we can during these unusual times. This may be creating your own routine of things you enjoy doing, running, cycling, binging on Netflix, helping others in the community or learning a new skill.
It is important that we all as individuals do what we can to look after ourselves and each other. You may have concerns about how others are coping with the current situation. Starting a conversation with someone around their mental health can feel daunting. You may be worried that you will say the wrong thing but remember saying nothing is far worse.
Whatever you’ve been through this year, Mental Health Awareness Week is a chance to make a positive change for your mental health.
Evidence suggest there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
1. Connect with other people – Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. This may be more difficult at the moment, but still try to connect with others by video call or on a social distanced walk.
2. Be active – this is great for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
3. Take notice – paying more attention to the present can improve your mental wellbeing. Click here to try mindfulness.
4. Learn new skills – continued learning though life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interactions and a more active lifestyle.
5. Give to others – research suggests that acts of giving and kindness and being part of community life can improve your mental wellbeing.
Making positive change is more important than ever, especially during uncertain times, but it’s difficult to know where to start. Do just one thing today, whether it’s going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else, take the opportunity to do one thing this Mental Health Awareness Week.
Where to get help:
Mental health org
Police Mutual Care Line
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