Mental Health Awareness Week 10th – 16th May 2021

How can you be a part of Mental Health Awareness Week?

The theme for this year is Nature. During long months of the pandemic, millions
of us turned to nature, and this year’s aim is to encourage more people to
connect with nature, which might be somewhere right on your doorstep.

Whether you do this on your own, with a friend or family member, the benefits
from spending time in nature and incorporating this into your daily routine can
be great!

Key Aims for MHAW 2021

The week is an opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice. The aim is to inspire more people to connect with nature in new ways, noticing the impact that this can have for their mental health. This might be as a simple as tending to a house plant, taking a walk, listening to the birds, touching the bark of trees, smelling flowers or writing a poem about a favourite nature spot. #NatureBLMK and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #ConnectWithNature are the hashtags for sharing stories/pictures.

How to get involved

  • 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 how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #NatureBLMK #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
  • Talk about nature: use 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

If you would like to share any comments on the week or how you plan to get involved please email

Contacts and links to additional support

Local Services

MK Talk for Change

Offers access to talking therapies and mental health care, including a weekly webinar for those individuals who are experiencing difficulties with Covid-19 or associated with isolation

Tel: 01908 725099


Existing services replaced with phone and/or email support on

Tel: 0300 330 0648 or


Online counselling for young people

Milton Keynes Age UK

Telephone befriending service

Tel: 01908 550700 (Monday-Friday 09:00 – 16:00)

Mental Health Crisis

If you or someone you know needs urgent mental health support you can call the CNWL crisis line

Tel: 0800 023 4650

Mind MK Crisis Café

Open 17:00 – 23:00, 7 days a week.

Tel: 01525 722225

Official Covid-19 Guidance



Tel: 116 123

Shout Crisis Text line

Text Shout to 85258


Tel: 0800 58 58 58

Our Frontline – support for frontline workers

Text: FRONTLINE to 85258 or call 116 123 for a conversation with a trained volunteer

National Debt Line– free and independent advice

Tel: 0808 808 4000 09:00 – 20:00 Monday-Friday or visit

Useful Links

Every Mind Matters

From early September Every Mind Matters will provide information to support children and young people

Heads Up – men’s mental health campaign

See the Signs, Save a Life

Mental Health Foundation

Age UK

Tel: 0800 678 1602 (08:00 – 19:00)