This year Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is celebrating its 21st year. The theme for the week is nature, and across the country people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of creative ways.
During the first lockdown, when we were confined to our homes and were allowed out once a day to exercise, the importance of being outside (walking, being in green places and seeing wildlife) suddenly seemed to hit home. The Mental Health Foundation found that going for a walk was one of the most widely used coping strategies during the pandemic, with nearly half of respondents reporting that spending time in green spaces had been vital for their mental health.
The Growth Company’s Mental Health Champions and Health and Wellbeing EDI network members have planned several different activities for colleagues to get involved with, including the #ConnectWithNature challenge. The Growth Company will be challenging its people to get outside and do some kind of movement (anything from gardening and short walks to a long cycle ride) each day between 10-16 May, to help raise money for Young Minds.
To help inspire their colleagues, some of our team shared their ideas for how to best connect with nature.