In line with research carried out by psychological well being charity YoungMinds, greater than half of fogeys and carers are involved in regards to the long-lasting results the pandemic is having on their kids’s psychological wellbeing.
Moreover, an investigation carried out by the Royal Society for Public Well being (RSPH) advised that younger folks’s psychological well being is struggling probably the most throughout lockdown.
The goal of Mental Health Awareness Week, which is going down this yr from Monday tenth Might to Sunday 16 Might, is to lift consciousness of a subject associated to psychological well being and to supply help for individuals who want it.
Right here’s all the pieces it’s good to know in regards to the annual occasion:
Who created it?
Psychological Well being Consciousness Week within the UK was conceived by the Mental Health Foundation, an organisation based in 1949.
The charity states that it takes “a public psychological well being strategy to prevention, discovering options to people, these in danger and for society, as a way to enhance everybody’s psychological wellbeing”.
The primary Psychological Well being Consciousness Week happened in 2001, and has since change into one of the crucial important psychological well being consciousness observances on this planet.
Within the US, Psychological Well being Consciousness Week is noticed in October, coinciding with World Psychological Well being Day on 10 October.
What is that this yr’s theme?
This yr, the theme for Psychological Well being Consciousness Week within the UK is “nature and the surroundings”.
In line with the Psychological Well being Basis, the theme was chosen as a result of significance of nature in lockdown, with the organisation pointing to analysis that discovered “going for walks exterior was one in all our high coping methods and 45 per cent of us reported being in inexperienced areas had been very important for our psychological well being”.
“Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional well being, that it’s virtually inconceivable to grasp good psychological well being for all and not using a larger connection to the pure world,” the organisation explains.
For this yr’s Psychological Well being Consciousness Week, the organisation will present the significance of nature on psychological well being, and the way “even small contacts with nature can cut back emotions of social isolation and be efficient in defending our psychological well being, and stopping misery”.
The Psychological Well being Basis additionally mentioned it might be utilizing this yr’s theme to advocate for individuals who would not have entry to nature, noting that it must be a “useful resource that should be obtainable for everybody to get pleasure from”.
“Native and nationwide governments want to think about their function in making this a actuality for everybody, and we will likely be speaking about how they’ll achieve this in the course of the week,” the organisation mentioned.
How will you become involved?
In line with the Psychological Well being Basis web site, tales are one of the best ways to become involved, with the organisation encouraging folks to share their “tales of how nature has supported your psychological well being”.
“This could be as a easy as tending to a home plant, listening to the birds, touching the bark of timber, smelling flowers or writing a poem about our favorite nature spot,” the organisation explains, including that those that take part ought to use the hashtags #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek to share any pictures, movies or different connections they’ve made with nature.
Moreover, the organisation is providing people the flexibility to obtain a nature journal, which can be utilized to doc how you’re feeling earlier than and after connecting with nature.
The Psychological Well being Basis has additionally requested that folks discuss nature with their buddies, households, workplaces and communities.
If you’re in want of psychological well being help, you may contact charity Mind by calling the helpline on 0300 123 3393, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 86463. The helpline is open Monday to Friday (besides financial institution holidays), 9am to 6pm.