This week is Mental Health Awareness Week from 10th-16th May and it’s an chance to get people talking about mental health and how to support each other.
This year’s theme is nature and the environment.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation are asking you to do three things:
Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and 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 Twitter 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.
When we’re at home or work or life in general, there’s a simple and easy first aid guide called C.A.R.E by First Aid Awards
C A R E
C Check for significant risk of suicide or harm
A Apply non-judgemental communication skills
R Reassure and provide information
E Encourage professional support and self-help strategies
Another alternative method is the ALGEE
Physical first aid has the ABC plan: Airways, Breathing, CPR. This is a simple and memorable list of steps. In a crisis situation, you need something simple to refer to instead of complex instructions.
MHFA (Mental Health First Aid England) developed a similar plan:
Approach and assess for risk of harm or even suicide
Give support and information.
Encourage appropriate professional help.
Encourage other forms of support.