Mental Health Awareness Week, 10th -16th May 2021

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Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 10-16 May 2021. This year's theme is 'Nature'.

Research supports the fact that spending time in nature can have a great benefit to our mental health and wellbeing.

Top tips about connecting with nature:

Not everyone has access to a garden and it may seem that for some, spending time in nature isn't easily accessible for a number of reasons. 

The Mental Health Foundation have compiled seven tips and ideas of how to connect with nature to improve your mental health; these tips include ideas suitable for everyone, whether that's getting out in nature, or bringing nature to you at home. Click here to download.

Stories and practicing mindfulness in nature:

We spoke to two Peer Trainers at Southdown's Brighton & Hove Recovery College about the mental health benefits of connecting with nature.

Click here to read Abbie's story and watch a short video on finding a 'Sit Spot' to practice mindfulness in nature.

Click here to read Nicky's story. 

Follow us for more useful information and resources:

During the event week, we will be sharing useful content about the benefits of nature to your wellbeing and mental health on Community Roots' social media channels, so be sure to click on the below links to like and follow our pages and not miss out:

You can also follow the action on social media and get involved by following and/or using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Finding the right mental health support

Across Brighton and Hove, there is a range of mental health support available. However, we know that it can sometimes be difficult to find out information about services, know how to access them and know which ones are right for you.

To help you navigate and access Community Roots’ services, we have a dedicated ‘Central Access Point’ team of Community Navigators to respond to your calls and emails. 

Our Community Navigators are a friendly, caring bunch who understand that taking that first steps to make contact for support regarding your mental health can be challenging. Click here to find out more and get in touch.