By s.fenn 28th April 2022

Mental Health Awareness week (9th – 15th May) is an annual opportunity for the UK to collectively come together in raising awareness and focus on achieving good mental health. Here at Field Studies Council, we know nature and being outdoors naturally encourages improvements in mental health and wellbeing. In fact, studies show that regularly spending time in nature, for exercise, learning and just being, can result in a substantial risk reduction in all-cause mortality.

This year’s theme for mental health awareness week is ‘loneliness’ which affects millions of people across the UK. Loneliness of course has been made worse by the Covid 19 pandemic due to periods of isolation and lockdowns. Any steps where you can combine nature and eradicating loneliness has got to be a positive step forward to improved wellbeing.

Here are some ways we recommend reconnecting with nature…

Join us in recognising and raising awareness for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 using the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation and this year’s campaign.