Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
The Council and local health partners are encouraging Hackney residents to take 5 simple steps every day this week to improve their mental health and wellbeing, during Mental Health Awareness Week (10 May- 16 May).
This year's theme is nature. Studies have shown that getting out in nature can improve our mood, reduce stress, and help our concentration. As the weather gets warmer and COVID-19 restrictions lift, we’re going to have the opportunity to see friends and family that we’ve dearly missed, enjoy leisure activities again and explore places further away from home.
MIND is organizing a walk this week in Hackney to celebrate mental health and nature, sign up for the Tuesday walk here. Or download a self-guided Hackney walk for your local area.
The council is also promoting the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ everyday this week on its social media channels- five steps may make people feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life. The five things that can help to boost mental wellbeing are: connecting, being active; taking notice, to keep learning and to give back.
Connect – With people at home, at work, school or in your local community. Building connections will support you.
Be Active – Go for a walk, cycle or garden, find a physical activity you enjoy and that suits you and your level of fitness.
Take Notice – Be curious of what is taking place around you, take time to remember the little things that make you happy.
Keep Learning – Try new things like signing up for a cooking course or a new exercise class. Learning new things can increase your confidence.
Give– Volunteer or join a community group. Volunteering can be very rewarding, boosts your mood and can increase wellbeing.
The pandemic has been hard on everyone's mental health, and may have caused us to feel more anxious, stressed, worried, sad, lonely or frustrated. This mental health awareness week I want to encourage residents to take this time to start thinking about your mental wellbeing and about the simple steps you can take on your journey to better mental health. Something as simple as going to bed and waking up at the same time each day or making sure to take a short walk everyday can really help. I hope people can use the five ways to wellbeing, making small changes, to help us all cope better.
For more information about the five ways to wellbeing go to the 5 to Thrive website.
There are also resources on the NHS website through the Every Mind Matters campaign, including a quiz to help people develop a mental health action plan: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-wellbeing-tips/your-mind-plan-quiz/
There is also a COVID-19 mental health hub: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/coronavirus/