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Wellbeing Monthly

May 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week

Illustrated text for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: Nature

We’d like to support our Queen Mary community by marking this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, running from 10-16-May 2021, by offering a range of activities aligned with the theme ‘Nature’.   Recent research from the Mental Health Foundation tells us that simply spending more time outdoors has been a main contributing factor to improving mental health during lockdown. That’s why Queen Mary is delivering a series of events to bring our community together, promote wellbeing, and raise awareness around mental health.

How to get involved

Throughout the week, Queen Mary teams will be running a series of online and in-person events to support you in managing your mental health and improving your wellbeing.

See the Mental Health Awareness Week events programme to join the discussion – learn a new skill, prioritise your wellbeing and meet new people!

Supporting others

Search our staff and student wellbeing pages to understand how we can work together to support mental health and wellbeing and see our free staff support services below:

  • Workplace Options offers free counselling and assistance with everyday issues and concerns.
  • The Big White Wall offers free online support available to help you take control and feel better.
  • Our Mental Health First Aiders are trained in mental health awareness to help advise on your mental wellbeing.

Links and resources: exploring nature

Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, or notice any trees, flowers, or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.  You could also join a local forest walk.

Connecting online

Share your photos or videos of the nature on your doorstep on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

Tell us what you're doing for wellbeing

If you’d like to open up and promote your activities to the Queen Mary community, please email Laura Dabner.
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