After an extremely stressful year, our wellbeing has never been more important. Now that everything is starting to return to normal, it is important to reflect on the time we gained over lockdown and how we readjust to living life at a full pace once again.
The theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is Nature. Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation explains why;
" Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960's study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits.
Nature is our great-untapped resource for a mentally healthy future.
Despite this, many of us are not accessing or benefitting from nature. Teenagers in particular appear to be less connected with nature and around 13% of UK households have no access to a garden. We want to challenge the disparities in who is and who isn’t able to experience nature. Nature is not a luxury. It is a resource that must be available for everyone to enjoy - as basic as having access to clean water or a safe roof over our heads.”