Mental Health Awareness Week gif - connecting with nature is good for our mental health.

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10-16 May 2021. This year, everyone is invited to #ConnectWithNature to support their mental health.

Evidence shows that nature is good for our mental health. Connecting with nature can help prevent mental health issues. This has never been more evident than during the pandemic. During this time, 45% of us reported that being in green space had been vital for our mental health.

Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme at the Mental Health Foundation’s website.

45% of us report that being in green space has been vital for our mental health during the pandemic. Source: Mental Health Foundation

Share your My Whole Selfie in the great outdoors

This Mental Health Awareness Week, MHFA England is celebrating #MyWholeSelf in the great outdoors. Share a My Whole Selfie and show us how you #ConnectWithNature.

Our My Whole Self resources can support you and workplace’s wellbeing throughout the year. Use our guidance on supporting your mental health while working from home to build the great outdoors into every working day. Check in on your own and others' mental health with the My Whole Self MOT. Or strengthen your working relations by hosting an activity.

Just 5 minutes of exercise in a green space can boost mental wellbeing, and the benefits are even stronger with water nearby. Source: Environmental Science and Technology Journal

Sign the #StateOfNature petition

We believe that everyone should have access to nature, because everyone's mental health matters. That’s why this Mental Health Awareness Week we’re supporting the #StateOfNature campaign to put nature’s recovery into law. You can find out more about the campaign and sign the petition here.

We'll be sharing updates throughout the week on our social media channels (@MHFAEngland). You can keep up to date using #MyWholeSelf and #ConnectWithNature.