Mental Health Week May 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 10th May to Sunday 16th May 2021. This year, join the fight for mental health. This years Mental Health Awareness Week theme is based around nature and the environment.

During this pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. And we’ve seen that the support we all need just isn’t out there.

For them, for us and for you – we must take this chance to step up the fight for mental health. That means fighting for change, for fairness, for respect and for life-changing support.

Mental Health and Nature

Share your favourite nature spaces with us · Manchester Metropolitan University

Evidence is clear that access to nature is crucial for our mental health, and millions of people discovered that during the lockdown’s in 2020. However, this was not the same for all of us. Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 will explore what the barriers to accessing nature are and ensure that everyone is able to share in the natural world and experience its mental health benefits.

Daily Themes for Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday 10th May – Being active in nature Mental Health Awareness Week | StaffNet | The University of Manchester

Tuesday 11th May – Keep learning in nature

Wednesday 12th May – Connections to nature

Thursday 13th May – Giving time and giving to nature

Friday 14th May –Taking notice in nature

Saturday 15th May – Why accessible nature matters

Sunday 16th May – Creative ways to be in nature

How you can get involved 
  • Engage in the daily themes for mental health week 
  • Speak out and share why you’re fighting. Whether you use social media or simply speak with friends, family or colleagues – mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 by telling those around you why you’ve joined the fight for mental health and help create a movement for change.

Mental Health Myths and Facts

  • Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.
  • Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
  • Myth: People with mental illness are not able to work.
  • Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.
  • Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty, it is nothing.
  • Fact: 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.
  • Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.
  • Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.
  • Myth: People with mental health problems don’t experience discrimination
  • Fact: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
  • Myth: It is easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings.
  • Fact: Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about

For further information and ways to help with your mental health in nature please visit