Nature; There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature – ‘Aristotle’
What is Mental Health Awareness Week?
This is an annual event where we get to focus the community on achieving ‘Good Mental Health’. Every year the Mental Health Foundation, which started 21 years ago in the UK identifies a theme, which will focus on one particular aspect of good Mental Health, this year, the theme is Nature, chosen because of Natures know effect way of tackling Mental Health and protecting our wellbeing.
This last year, has been difficult and challenging, with a pandemic, lockdowns, loss of loved and the isolation all of this can bring. The Mental Health Foundation, through their research, found that Nature had been one of the ways, we have tried to sustain our own good mental health. With this in mind, we are trying to encourage the local community to take note, using our sensory organs, sight, smell, taste, touch, look at the tress, plants around us. Try to eat fresh fruit, for a health balanced diet, listen to the birds singing around you.
The Mental health service would like to encourage the community to connect to Nature, maybe in new ways by noticing the connection of one’s mental health and the impact Nature can have on this. We have organised a number of activities in order to encourage our patients and the community to start taking notice of Nature, listen to the birds, smell the freshly cut grass in Alameda Gardens and Commonwealth Park. Observe the plants growing in either your own patio / balcony or the surrounding areas, which we are lucky to have within Gibraltar.
We would like to encourage the community to:
- Take some time for themselves, recognise the wonder of Nature around them.
- Take a picture, share a picture, video or take a recording of that small bird singing on your patio.
- Talk to each other, share how this week may have had a positive influence on you and your mental health. Share ideas of what you have experienced.