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Mental Health Awareness Week: reflection

“I urge everyone to take a bit of time out of their day to go to a green space where they can truly embrace nature.”

 

Last week, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, our Young Healthwatch Westminster volunteers were reflecting on the theme of nature and mental wellbeing.

 

Although Mental Health Awareness Week may now be over, it is still important to take time to prioritise our mental wellbeing and enjoy nature. Today, our volunteer Civan has written about the importance of nature and taking time out to reflect and recharge:

 

Nature is beautiful. It is where everything began. It was here long before any of us and will be here long after humans. Nature is nature. Nature is beautiful. Nature is the roots of us, the very idea of us humans, animals and plants.

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and I urge everyone to take a bit of time out of their day to go to a green space where they can truly embrace nature. Studies have proved it is extremely beneficial and I believe that we all need some time away from a hectic world that we live in full of beauty yet conflict.

 

Thank you to Civan for sharing his thoughts!

Support & Contact

If you are looking for support or guidance, our Support Hub, contains dedicated pages for young people and mental wellbeing.

If you would to know more about what we do or the support that is out there, get in touch with Young Healthwatch Westminster by emailing Alex or messaging us on Instagram.

Image courtesy of ChPgd, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Mental Health Awareness Week: walking in nature

“My nature wasn’t green fields or forests, but quiet roads, billowing trees and people-watching.”

 

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, our Young Healthwatch Westminster volunteers have been reflecting on the theme of nature and mental wellbeing.

 

Today, our volunteer Aaniya writes about walking, reflecting, and finding nature in the city:

 

During the first lockdown I went for a walk almost every single day. Perhaps because it was the only thing I was allowed to do, or maybe it provided an escape from online school – being outside was the exact opposite to being hunched over a desk staring at a screen. My nature wasn’t green fields or forests, but quiet roads, billowing trees and people-watching whilst in socially-distanced coffee queues. However, whilst taking in the sunlight and fresh air, things like exam uncertainty and missing friends faded into the background. Although being back at school and the relaxing of lockdown means I have less time to do, so going for walks is a new habit that I haven’t given up, and a simple one that helps give your mind a break.

 

Thank you to Aaniya for sharing her reflections.

Support & Contact

If you are looking for support or guidance, our Support Hub, contains dedicated pages for young people and mental wellbeing.

If you would to know more about what we do or the support that is out there, get in touch with Young Healthwatch Westminster by emailing Alex or messaging us on Instagram.

Image courtesy of Chi Bellami, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Mental Health Awareness Week: a poem

Urban nature: Kensington Gardens in the sun

 

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week across the UK. This year, the theme for the week is nature. Our Young Healthwatch Westminster volunteers have been reflecting on the topic of mental health and nature. Over the next few days, we are sharing some of their reflections.

 

First up, our brilliant volunteer Ava has shared a poem she has written!

 

The feelings formed

Water stretches before me

Calm and even

But something underneath is unsteady

A contradiction if you like

Balancing like an unsteady foal

Students buckling under workload

But the whistling tree leaves

Still twirl down to give them solace

Each bush and fragmented bark

Scuffs your new polished shoes

Only to make you well with sadness

With the burden of responsibility you now face

But you seem to make yourself worry

Again and again

Only to stop when you see the triviality of the animals lives

The rabbits that hop and skip

The deer whose necks stretch before you

And finally the lazy cat

Whose only concern is the

Location of the warmest seat

 

Support & Contact

If you are looking for support or guidance, our Support Hub, contains dedicated pages for young people and mental wellbeing.

If you would to know more about what we do or the support that is out there, get in touch with Young Healthwatch Westminster by emailing Alex or messaging us on Instagram.

Image courtesy of garryknight, licensed under CC BY 2.0