Mental Health Foundation announces nature and the environment as theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

The Mental Health Foundation has announced the dates and theme of next year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. 

The Week will run from Monday 10th May until Sunday 16th May 2021. The theme for the week will be “Nature and the Environment”.  
The theme was chosen in part because of evidence from the Foundation’s ongoing research into the coronavirus pandemic that access to nature has been one of the main ways people have supported their mental health during lockdowns.   
The Mental Health Foundation has set the theme, organised and hosted Mental Health Awareness Week for the last 21 years, during which time the event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally. 
The Week is an opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice. 
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said:  
“Our role each year for Mental Health Awareness Week is to start a national conversation on the issues which affect our mental health and the changes needed to protect and support it.   
“As interest in mental health grows, we need to understand how the great social issues of our times are linked. The evidence is clear that access to nature is crucial for our mental health and millions of people re-discovered that during lockdowns this year.  However, this was not the same for all of us. We want to explore why nature is so vital for our mental health and the barriers that currently exist to enjoying those benefits.  
“Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 will be an opportunity to open our eyes to the power of nature and ensure everyone is able to share in the natural world and experience the mental health benefits.” 
Notes to editors:  For further information please contact [email protected]. Further information about activities and events during Mental Health Awareness Week will be released in the run-up to May 2021.