Mental Health Awareness Week in schools

2019-05-06

The pivotal role of mental health is widely recognised in today’s society, supported by Mental Health Awareness Week every May.


From the second Monday of May each year, the Mental Health Foundation spends a week putting the emphasis on a major issue – for 2021, it’s ‘Nature’.


How we look and feel about our bodies has a major impact on our mental health, and it is a topic that teachers should embrace from 10th - 16th May.


There is a growing understanding of mental health issues across the world, but that doesn’t stop the need to continually work to raise awareness. In the classroom, this requires plenty of debate and discussion around health topics, so that pupils feel they can confidently talk about issues they might be facing.


Mental Health Awareness Week has existed since 2001 and has tackled a diverse set of issues in the years since, including sleep, stress, loneliness, alcohol and relationships.


Given the impact that the pandemic has had on our lives over the past year, it is no surprise that this year's theme of 'Nature' focuses on reconnecting and appreciating the positive impact the world around us has on our mental health. The classroom is a great place to discuss how nature can reduce feelings of social isolation and be effective in protecting our mental health, and preventing distress.


It’s important for young people to recognise different ways of connecting with nature and teaching staff can play an essential role in making that possible by spreading positive messages.


The Mental Health Foundation has a wide range of resources that relate to the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 to assist those who wish to support it.


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