10th May 2021
Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.
In what is now its 21st year, the Mental Health Foundation has launched its 2021 theme of Nature which will run from 10 – 16 May. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways.
The pandemic has added an extra layer of stress and anxiety to what – for many – was already very busy lives. From economic and health concerns to the lack of social connections both in our professional and personal lives. During this time, our mental wellbeing has been spotlighted and awareness has increased however, we need to continue working together both with family and friends and our workplaces to support each other and understand that this is an issue more prevalent than ever.
“I joined Langham Hall 5 and a half year ago as an Assistant Accountant studying towards the ACCA. I remember experiencing many moments of stress, anxiety and tension whilst trying to juggle ACCA exams, a full-time job, keeping healthy, relationships and a social life. When stressed, the last thing we seem to want to do is stop, take a break, stand back and look at the bigger picture. When you see a colleague or friend getting stressed, encourage them to take a breather. Go for a short walk, breath fresh air and experience our surroundings.” Nancy Thompstone, Manager, Real Estate
Langham Hall’s Wellbeing and Social Committee have organised a sponsored step challenge to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week. All employees in our London office will be encouraged to take part in our goal of hitting 10 million steps within one month. The challenge will focus on fundraising for a local mental health charity as well as encouraging employees to switch off and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. It also motivates our staff to keep fit and healthy, which is a key component to looking after your mental and physical wellbeing.
To add a layer of competition, the top 10 walkers will receive a Langham Hall sponsored prize!
During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature in your local area? Stop to listen to the birds, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.
Remember – We are all in this together!
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw