Mental Health Awareness Week

  • On 10th May 2021

Today is the beginning of Mental Health Awareness week, and a golden opportunity to focus on what we can all do to achieve good mental health!

Mental Health exists on a spectrum, as with physical health. When we’re physically well – for example we’re eating and sleeping well, exercising regularly, drinking enough water and not experiencing any illness or injury – we would typically feel better than if we weren’t. This is also the case with mental health, and so it is normal to have periods in our lives when we feel our mental health is better or worse. However, when your mental health has started to affect your personal or work life, your health and wellbeing, it is important to tackle it as soon as possible.

Mental Health Awareness Week is all about understanding the things in our lives that impact our mental health, and while poor mental health affects everyone differently, there are some common early warning signs and symptoms to look out for including…

  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Teariness
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loss of concentration
  • Indecisive
  • Sadness
  • Worrying or overthinking
  • Sleeplessness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Increased heart rate
  • Loss of appetite
  • Panic attacks
  • Avoidance

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 is nature. Research from the Mental Health Foundation showed that getting outside for a daily walk was one of the top coping strategies throughout the COVID-19 national lockdowns, and so this year they would like to encourage everyone to get outside to notice nature, and try to build a habit of connecting to nature wherever possible; whether that is stopping to listen to birdsong, smelling freshly cut grass, taking care of your plants or garden, or taking a moment to appreciate the trees, flowers or animals nearby.

If you’d like to read more about Mental Health Awareness week, you can do so by searching for Mind, the Mental Health Foundation or by using the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek