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Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted on 9 May 2021

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year focuses on the role nature can play in protecting and supporting our mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Did you know that spending just 20 minutes a day outside in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing? So when you need to take a break, step away from your screens and go outside.

Not sure where to start? Here are some top tips on connecting with nature to improve your mental health and a more in-depth look at the many ways you can interact with the natural environment.

Get involved

Find out how mindfulness can help you connect with the natural world by joining Sarinrat Thomas, one of our Open Door Practitioners, for an Introduction to Mindfulness on Friday 14 May at 1pm.

Sign up for Introduction to Mindfulness

You can also take a well-earned break and join Time to Change York in conversation with St Nicks Nature Reserve for Spring into Nature: Maximising your Connectedness to nature on Wednesday 12 May.

Spring into Nature: Maximising your Connectedness to nature

Get out and about

Our campus provides great outdoor spaces to explore and connect with nature, so why not follow our Campus East Nature Trail, or Campus Tree Trail? You can find out more about the wildlife on Campus East,by joining our York Festival of Ideas event Wilding Campus East: Promoting Biodiversity. And who knows - when you are out and about you may even see Long Boi, our very own internationally famous duck!

Find out more

Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and the importance of nature: