It's a been a long 12 months but, as the weather improves and the days grow longer, we are really excited to introduce our Take a Walk on the Mind Side campaign for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10th May until 16th May. The theme in 2021 is connecting with nature, something which lots of us have done over the course of the past year.
As we live through the pressures of our lives, doing something as simple as going for a walk means a change of scenery and some fresh air. Sitting somewhere peaceful can ease anxieties or worries. Even small contacts with nature can reduce feelings of social isolation and prevent feelings of distress.
Whether you live in a rural or urban area, it’s easy to connect with nature. We want everyone to experience as much of it as they can. So, to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, we’ve created some interactive activities to help you get involved:
We have teamed up with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and MyNI to create a series of podcasts encouraging you to go for a mindfulness walk in your local country or forest park. Pick a destination from our list of podcasts and begin your walk on the mind side. The podcast feature an introduction from the forest and park rangers, guided mindfulness walk with our own Frank Liddy and are set to a beautiful new piece of music specially created for Inspire. The podcasts cover seven destinations across Northern Ireland and for those of you who don’t have access to a specific park on our list, there is a general podcast version that can be used in any location across the UK and Ireland. They will be live from 10th May on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
For anyone who feels more comfortable indoors, we have created a mindfulness video version of the podcast, so you can sit back and relax whilst watching scenes of nature in your own home. Why not host a watch party online in your team and practice mindfulness together?
When out on a walk with family or friends, try our fun interactive scavenger hunt as a group activity to get people exploring the great outdoors together. We are encouraging you to discover as many of the items on our downloadable list as possible and then create their own terrarium bottles. We will be sharing a handy guide on how to make one, using a range of natural materials.
To find out more on how you can get involved, e-mail the team today! firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk just 5k // Nominate 5 friends // Donate £5 to support the work of Inspire.
Spending quality time with nature can balance your mood and help you feel more positive. The important thing is to switch on your senses and really connect – whether that’s noticing the wildlife living in your local country park or just listening to the birds in the local forest, connecting with nature is good for your mind.
If you are interested in finding out more about our 5-5-5 Fundraising Challenge for Mental Health Awareness Week, then give our Fundraising Manager, Danielle, a shout (email@example.com) or sign up via Justgiving TODAY! We have it all set up for you... just click on the link to start your fundraising.
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