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May

Mental Health Awareness Month

One in four of us likely to experience a mental health problem at some point in the coming year.  This is said to be more than double than pre-pandemic levels. Mental Health Awareness month hopes to get people talking about their mental health and reduce the stigma in asking for help.

Mental awareness week started today Monday 10th and will run until Sunday 16th May with this year’s theme of nature. Nature has been one of the most popular ways the public have tried to sustain good mental health during the pandemic. It is available to everyone be it by walking in the park with friends or simply sitting in the garden if you are lucky enough to have outside space.  Take some time to reflect when you’re out in nature, take a moment to listen to birdsong, watch the clouds, reflect upon how you are feeling.

Bring nature to you; plant some herbs or flowers, the smell of fresh herbs can really boost your mood, and beautiful colourful plants have a similar effect; get a bird feeder and spend some time watching the wide variety of visitors to our outside spaces.

The Mental Health foundation statistics say 70% of us say that being close to nature improves our mood, boosting positive emotions such as joy, calm and wonder. So why not try to improve your mood by reconnecting with nature and taking time to enjoy the great outdoors?