AEW supported Mental Health Awareness Week during 10-14 May. We continued to highlight the importance of learning as a way to help improve and maintain mental health and wellbeing.
In 2011 the government promoted the slogan, ‘no health without mental health’, a decade later suicide still accounts for over 6500 deaths in the UK, 75% of which are men (Mental Health Foundation, 2021). This incredible statistic has been further affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Samaritans (2021) report that suicide is one of the leading causes of death in middle aged men.
The importance of promoting positive mental health cannot be overemphasized. We can all do our part by taking care of our minds and making it OK to ask for help when it is needed.
Our Access to Higher Education students have come together to shine a light on suicide and mental health, especially in men. This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is nature.
“Nature is our great untapped resource for a mentally healthy future”, spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing (MIND, 2021). Based on this our students will be introducing #freeyourmind into videos of their time spent outside. They share ideas of how to promote mental health by experiencing nature and the great outdoors. There will also be lots of practical ways to promote mindfulness and wellbeing.