Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16 May 2021

No. 189/2021

10 May 2021

Our Ref: P1/21

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16 May 2021

Mental Health Foundation’ and ‘Healthwatch’

Hosted by the ‘Mental Health Foundation’, this week 10-16 May 2021, starting today, is Mental Health Awareness Week. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted people in many different ways and this week gives us all the opportunity to think about our own, and other people’s mental wellbeing.

‘Healthwatch’ state that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and Mental Health Awareness Week aims to get people talking about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can stop people from asking for help.

The theme this year is ‘Nature’ and a Mental Health Foundation research report entitled “mental health impacts of the Pandemic” showed that going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of those surveyed reported being in green spaces had been vital for their mental health wellbeing.