Nature can have a powerful and positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Even appreciating small things within nature can reduce feelings of social isolation and stress, which is why we feel nature is especially important for carers. During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, we would like to encourage more carers to interact with nature and connect with one another.
During the pandemic, we have seen how involvement with other carers and with nature has helped so many of you. These are just two quotes from our carers about their experiences with Carers Count in 2020:
During this awareness week, the Mental Health Foundation are asking us all to do three things:
- Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
- Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
- Talk about nature: use our tips, school packs, research and policy guides to discuss in your family, school, workplace and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment. You can find these by clicking here.
In connection with these goals, Carers Count invite you to get involved with our exciting 'Walking for Carers 2021' event!
Please click here to find out how you can get involved and #ConnectWithNature.