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2San celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week!

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This year, the theme for the week is ‘Nature’. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature.  

“During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health. Websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more. 

It was as if we were re-discovering at our most fragile point our fundamental human need to connect with nature.” – MentalHealth.org, 2021 

At 2San we believe in Better Care. Better Life. We want to show our support by spreading awareness on how nature has a positive impact on our mental health. Here’s a few quotes from our amazing team on how nature has a positive mental impact.  

“Nature can do wonders for your mental health.” 

“Nature can be a teacher. Not only to the Transcendentalists. We can also learn from observing nature. Take a walk in a park. Spend some time in your garden.” 

“Nature is natural. There’s something about the outdoors that gets our blood flowing smoother and our heart beating stronger.”  

“Nature can be a teacher. Not only to the Transcendentalists. We can also learn from observing nature. Take a walk in a park. Spend some time in your garden.”  

  • The 2San Team 

Get involved! Here are some ways you can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:  

- During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature in your local area? Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.  

- Share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek  

- Use Mental Health Foundation resources in your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands of people who will be finding new ways to connect with nature in their local environment.  

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek   

*All information sourced from Mentalhealth.org