Pathway Homes Group (PHG) is proud to be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.

Monday 10th May marked the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, the U.K.’s national week to raise awareness of the importance of mental health. The celebration, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is currently in its twenty-first year. This year’s theme is “Nature” and focuses on how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.

Since 1949, the Mental Health Foundation has been the U.K.’s leading charity for mental health and wellbeing. With prevention at the heart of everything they do, the charity is committed to finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems so that individuals and communities can thrive.

Across the country, organisations and individuals have been celebrating the positive mental health benefits of being around nature in their local communities. Earlier this week, PHG’s Directors challenged the team to prioritise their mental health and enjoy a walk outdoors each day (whilst avoiding the unexpected rain showers we are currently experiencing). Having fostered an environment that promotes ongoing discussions around positive mental health and wellbeing, PHG’s dynamic workforce is proud to have and be the support for each other’s health and wellbeing.

Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Mental Health Awareness Week has grown to be one of the biggest awareness weeks in the U.K. This year the theme focuses upon nature and the central role it can play to positively impact our mental health. Since the beginning of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature to help us get through lockdowns and our research shows that good mental health depends on us being able to connect with nature in some way and its power in both prevention and recover from poor mental health”.

“During this week, we want to hear millions of people’s stories about how the natural world has supported their mental health. We also want to highlight the huge disparities between who is and who isn’t able to access nature. We want the week to explore how everyone across the U.K. can connect with nature and experience the mental health benefits wherever they live”.

Laura Sharpe, Office Manager at PHG, stated: “Everybody needs a helping hand from time to time. Whether it’s a practical and work-related problem, or a personal and emotional one, we support our workforce in all aspects of their lives. Mental Health Awareness Week allows us to reinforce how important health and wellbeing is to our organisation. Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the team working remotely to adhere to government guidelines and restrictions, we placed a great emphasis on establishing a togetherness via regular video calls and virtual workrooms. This was to ensure everybody had a stable work routine that encouraged positive mental health and wellbeing”.

As lockdown measures are slowly eased, so many people may be struggling with their mental health after twelve months of lockdowns, social distancing and working from home. Public Health England has recently published new online guidance to help

individuals manage their mental health during these unprecedented times. For more information on this, please visit: COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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.