Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, this year’s theme is nature.
After spending almost whole year in lockdown, getting outside and connecting with nature has never been more important for our mental health. We have all been stuck in doors for a long time, distancing ourselves from our friends, family, and other people in general.
COVID is still an issue and sticking to restrictions is important. However, take the opportunity this week to get outside (sticking to restrictions) and connect with nature. Take the time to take in the surroundings, the trees swaying, flowers blooming, the birds in the trees, and the water in the rivers flowing.
Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. It can:
The Black Country is home to some amazing nature reserves, take the chance to visit some of them this week:
As well as local nature reserves, you could also take a walk around many of the local parks. Maybe even make yourself a nice picnic and spend some time with a friend (socially distanced) outside.
We also have a beautiful spot at Wollescote Walled Gardens, within Wollescote Park - home to our horticulture project which is open to members of the public during the daytime. If you would like support for your mental health and to connect to nature more often, you can join the project which takes place weekly on a Monday and Tuesday. If you are interested in joining the project, please contact Liz via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our monthly walking group starts back again on Saturday 22nd of May, although this is after Mental Health Awareness Week it is something you can take part in to keep yourself connected to nature. If you would be interested in joining our walking group, please contact Simon via email at email@example.com or by calling 01384 685062.
As well our gardening project, we also have our free 12 week Jolly Joggers couch to 5k programme which takes part at West Park, Wolverhampton, on a Saturday morning. Taking part in Jolly Joggers will give you the opportunity to be outside amongst nature as well as the opportunity to get some exercise time and improve your fitness, both of which have a great benefits to your mental health. The next available Jolly Joggers group will be starting sometime this summer.
Whatever you do this Mental Health Awareness Week, share with us on social media. Take a picture of yourself whilst you are out and about, or take a picture of nature that resonates with you.
The Mind Hub
Bushey Fields Hospital
Bushey Fields Road