Next week marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, taking place from the 10th-16th of May. Every year Mental Health Awareness Week takes place to raise awareness of how mental health problems can affect people with the aim being to educate and remind people that prioritising their mental health is important. A theme is selected each year to focus on a specific area of mental health, the theme for this year’s event is ‘Nature’.
During the pandemic over last year, many people have had to adapt and change their lifestyles and routines. Over the long months of lockdown, people started to turn to nature, whether that was going for a walk, going running or simply spending time in the garden. The statistics showed that being able to go outside was one of the top coping strategies for many, with 45% of people stating that being in green spaces was good for their mental health.
One of the goals of the week is to get people to go out and connect with nature and as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we are encouraging people to go outdoors, get active and take part in our 10K for 10 Years challenge. It is a fantastic way to reconnect with nature, look after your mental and physical health, while raising money for a good cause.
Throughout the week we are challenging people to cover 10K, you can do this by either walking, running, jogging, cycling, swimming, dressed as a panda, go to your local park or beauty spot, it doesn’t matter how you do it, choose to do it your way. All we ask it that you aim to raise a minimum of £10, to raise vital funding that will help us to continue our projects that support young people in Hyndburn. We provide a range of projects and activities to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing, from drop-in sessions at school to more in-depth one-to-one support with one of our staff or volunteers.