Take Action For Your Mental Health
Written by LBRadio on 11th May 2021
This year’s Mental Health Week takes place from 10th – 16th May.
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. You can read the stories of some of our own Leighton Buzz Radio volunteers here with their tips on feeling better:
When you’re experiencing a mental health problem, supportive and reliable information can change your life.
If you are struggling, or know someone who is, there is help.
Take A Moment with Leighton Buzz Radio
Every day this week all our presenters will be playing a “Take A Moment” Track to remind you to stop the everyday stresses and worries and take a m
oment to pause, perhaps reflect on things you are grateful for, relaxing your jaw, your shoulders, you neck and just breath.
Mind is a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
The Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation has a lot of informative resources and advice on how to access support.
Mental Health Awareness week is hosted by The MHF, this year’s theme is Nature.
The MHF wants to hear your stories of how nature has supported your mental health. This might be as simple as tending to a house plant, listening to the birds, touching the bark of trees, smelling flowers or writing a poem about our favourite nature spot. Whatever it is for you, they invite you to #ConnectWithNature and share what this means for you.
Three things that you could try during Mental Health Week:
- Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice a
- nd celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
- Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
- Talk about nature: use our tips, school packs, research and policy guides to discuss in your family, school, workplace and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment
What’s up with everyone?
This campaign is in conjunction with the MHF. You can watch the What’s Up With Everyone campaign series of animated stories for young people on You Tube or via their website
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male.
Anyone can hit crisis point. CALM offers a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems.
You can reach out here: https://www.thecalmzone.net/about-calm/what-is-calm/
Mental Health UK
Mental Health UK bring together over 40 years of expertise from four national mental health charities to provide advice, information and support.
Mental Health UK are inviting you to immerse yourself in the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’, while reconnecting with nature across the week. The ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ are a set of pillars which are key to improving our mental health. Modelled by the New Economics Foundation, they’re geared around themes of social connectedness, physical activity, awareness, learning, and giving.
If you’d like to explore this campaign, you can find more information here: https://tinyurl.com/9ebxw874
Other organisations that can help
For young adults & children