Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10 to 16 May and is an opportunity to promote how important good mental health is to us all and highlight how we all need to take care of ourselves. The COVID pandemic has affected our health and wellbeing in many ways, some of which we don’t yet perhaps fully feel because many of us have been working from home.
For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the theme is ‘nature and the environment’. Research has shown that nature can boost both our mental and physical wellbeing. Spending more time outdoors can help us feel more relaxed and reduce feelings of stress and so can time spent nurturing our pets.
Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said:
“Connecting with nature can be as simple as gardening, listening to birds, or walking in the park and loving the flowers, ducks, geese and swans. There are so many ways to connect with nature. Why not try to go for a short walk during your lunch break or enjoy a coffee break outside with a friend in one of our green spaces?
“The important thing really is to get outside, get some fresh air, meet people safely and move!
“The last year or so has been very difficult for so many of us. If enjoying nature has moved you, I hope you share your photos and videos on social media with friends and family as they may give a lift to others.
“Walsall is blessed with an abundance of beautiful parks, nature reserves and other green spaces. You may be closer to an oasis of calm than you think.”
Note to editor
Find your nearest green space in Walsall https://mymaps.walsall.gov.uk/covidrw.html?search=council