Poole Communities Trust is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week.
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the Week. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.
Mental Health Awareness Week is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year we want as many people as possible – individuals, communities and governments – to think about connecting with nature and how nature can improve our mental health.
However, the Week is also a chance to talk about any aspect of mental health that people want to – regardless of the theme.
How do you define Nature?
By “nature” we mean any environment in which we can use our senses to experience the natural world. This could include the countryside, a park or garden, coast, lakes and rivers, wilderness, plants or wildlife closer to home. It could also include nature that you can see or interact with in or from your home.
Who can help if you think you need more information or advice –
Mind, Dorset (https://dorsetmind.uk) has useful information on local support available or Mind National charity has lots of resources and information pages (https://www.mind.org.uk ).
If you require urgent mental health support call 0800 652 0190 or NHS 111 and you will be signposted to the right service for the support you need.