Article 11 May 2021

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 runs from 10 -16 May, with the theme ‘Nature’. This week and for the rest of the month, we’re encouraging you to get involved in #WalkThisMay for National Walking Month.

Nature and walking are two themes that fit perfectly together. Both are proven to boost our mood and increase our mental wellbeing.

And following these themes, yesterday’s activity from Enable’s Mental Health Awareness Week Challenge was to spend 30 minutes walking around your local area, noticing the natural environment around you.  

Did you complete the challenge or are you struggling to schedule in a walk, or any kind of exercise? Read Living Streets’ #Try20 tips to help you fit 20 minutes of exercise into your daily routine.

Here’s some of our favourites:

  • Why not walk to or from work, or your home office? A 20-minute walk before work will set you up for the day, while a stroll afterwards will help you unwind and switch off.
  • Get some fresh air and a change of scenery, boost your energy and productivity by combining a work meeting – or phone call – with a walk!
  • Take a mindful meander – take time for yourself to absorb the sights, smells and sounds you encounter.
  • Use your walk to make someone’s day! Drop round to a friend’s house to say hello, or volunteer to go to the shops for a neighbour.

Optima Health, our Occupational Health provider are also celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week with a series of short videos. Prioritise your mental health by scheduling some time in your diary to watch one each day!

  1. Introduction to mental health awareness week; the importance of mental health for everyone in the workplace
  2. Mental health and the links to nature, particularly mindfulness
  3. How to maintain positive financial health
  4. Transitioning out of the lockdown. Support with loss and adjusting to the ‘new normal’
  5. A look at how positive psychology builds up our mental resilience

Don’t forget, if you, or one of your team is struggling with their mental health and needs support you can get a referral to Optima Health through AskHR.

Alternatively you can contact our Employee Assistance Programme using the details below.

24/7 helpline

  • 0800 111 6387 (UK, Northern Ireland)
  • 1850 718 888 (Republic of Ireland)
  • +44 (0)845 330 5132 International

Online portal for further guidance and support:
Organisation code: mitiewell

Or the Virtual GP

• 24/7 phone service 0345 319 3107
• WebApp access