This Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to share what this week means to us in line with this year’s theme of Nature.

 “Daily interaction with nature can be very important for one’s mental health. I’ve never been a very “country-side” type person, always preferring the monotone and ever present noise of the city. But during lockdown I kind of got lost in myself, stuck in my own head, and I had to figure out how to take care of myself. I found that interacting with nature, even going outside for a little bit helped me.

I began taking daily walks or runs and just moving outside made me feel different, better than when I was inside. I noticed many of my neighbours get dogs or cats, bringing nature indoors. I followed their example, only my parents forbid me to have pets- so I settled on plants instead. I have about 7 in my room right now, and they made me feel less alone. I never knew how calming the colour green could be. Even when I didn’t really want to, I forced myself to go sit in the sun and found myself enjoying the sunny days outside. I practiced mindfulness and reflected when it rained. I noticed that direct interactions with the outside, with nature had a real influence not just on my mood but on my mental health. It’s nice to be able to turn to nature for help, reflection, joy and calmness.

Angie, Young Ambassador

 

 “This week is important as I am passionate about young people being able to look after their mental health and although this is always the focus at No5, it allows others to embrace it too!

I think this year’s theme, of nature, is fitting after the series of lockdowns we have endured! I find going outside and enjoying a local green space allows me to pause from my everyday thoughts and take time to immerse myself in the simple natural beauties around me.”

Abbie, Projects Coordinator

You can find out more about this years theme of Nature from the Mental Health Foundation here! Or why not check out our 5 tips on how to involved in Mental Health Awareness Week here?