An opportunity to raise awareness

May 11 2021   |   News

Mental Health Awareness Week is a very important date on the calendar and one we hope will be marked by as many people as possible in the ongoing battle to raise awareness and funds.

Mental health amongst men – and the aspect of talking about it – is something we are constantly reminded our society can improve on…so we thought it was important to mark this week on our blog.

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation in 2021 the week has the theme Connect With Nature – something which has proven to be of great benefit in the challenge of maintaining good mental health.  

The goals of Mental Health Awareness Week are to inspire more people to connect with nature in new ways and to persuade decision makers at all levels of the importance accessing nature has on health.

On the rise

Concerns over mental health and wellbeing are increasing – a situation not helped by a year which has seen the nation endure three COVID lockdowns. Figures by the Mental Health Foundation show that in the UK:

  • 10% of children and young people have a mental health problem
  • Mental health issues are the leading cause of sick days in the workplace 
  • Dementia in later life is costing £26.3bn
  • Those living in socially or economically disadvantaged circumstances are two to three times more likely to have poor mental health

The role nature is having as a therapy should not be underestimated – taking time out to chill in ‘green’ surroundings while observing and listening to an array of wildlife is extremely beneficial.

Nature helps

Some 45% of people reported that over the last year, green spaces proved vital in maintaining good mental health while wildlife webcams saw a 2,000% increase in users! But it’s not just something that applies to COVID. This form of therapy can help all of us and can be an excellent emotional escape valve or temporary release from day-to-day life problems.

Tension, anxiety and depression can lead to a worsening of mental health and it’s important to recognise and act on the problems before they become too serious. They can be brought on by anything and are often issues which in normal circumstances a person would be able to deal with comfortably.

It could be an unpaid bill, a change to normal routine, worries about work or health.

Our experience of anxiety

We know only too well that even the most minor of surgeries, like having a vasectomy, can be of concern – it’s only natural.

We always endeavor to put our patients at their ease by explaining the procedure and addressing the fear of the unknown. In terms of a vasectomy we always ensure the patient is psychologically prepared and the decision is the right one for them.

The point is, ‘problems’ need to be discussed and are more often than not never as bad as you think they will be! It’s good to talk about anything that may be worrying you and seeking help is never a weakness.

There are a number of ways to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week and with the Mental Health Foundation. Join with us in raising awareness of this vital aspect of health during this week – and beyond!

For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week and the work of the foundation, visit  https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

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