Mental Health Awareness Week 10th -16th May 2021

Preview to the topic:

This is a matter that we feel strongly about and passionate about. Especially even more so with the current worldwide pandemic we have been living through for over a year. Life as we once knew it has never been the same since March 2020.

Anything we can do to try and spread and share awareness, we will always try our very best to do this.

Please see Mental Health Awareness Week 10th -16th May 2021 which covers:

  1. Introduction
  2. Illustrative Examples: Mental Health Awareness Week 10th -16th May 2021
  3. Mental Health Awareness Week 10th -16th May 2021
  4. Chantelle Newell: Counsellor and Mediator
  5. Links on Mental Health Awareness
  6. Our Final Thoughts/ Our YouTube video

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1. Introduction

This is a matter that we feel strongly about and passionate about. Especially even more so with the current worldwide pandemic we have been living through for over a year. Life as we once knew it has never been the same since March 2020.

Anything we can do to try and spread and share awareness, we will always try our very best to do this.

Our Mental state of mind and wellbeing is so important. Collectively what we can do to support and uplift one another and ourselves during these times really does make a positive difference.

Mental Health is also something my sister and I feel passionate about and is close to us. This is because of our Dad’s time in the hospital as an inpatient.

Due to his diagnosis of Infective Endocarditis, which is a serious life-threatening heart condition, he sadly and unfortunately had Delirium fairly frequently. (We have a topic on Infective Endocarditis, Infective Endocarditis and Blindness, Delirium, Delirium Awareness).

Witnessing our Dad go through this on regular basis, it’s very hard to put into words what this was like. Then there was thinking about what this was doing to our Dad and what it was putting him through both physically and mentally.

Then there was dealing with recognising that when our Dad was in delirium his words and his actions were not in his control. We could not ever take anything to heart that he may have said when he was in a state of delirium (If he was in an agitated state). Although my sister and I became aware that in his periods of delirium he spoke truly about the things he felt strongly about in his life.

When we became aware of this and started listening more closely to things, he was saying it was quite upsetting. Our Dad was a people person, a kind-hearted person that was always willing to help other people, but at the same time, not standing for nonsense.

On the surface our Dad appeared okay with every situation he dealt with no matter how difficult it might have been. Through his delirium we were on the other side and really hearing the upset that our Dad was caused through situations that happened in his life. Although very distressing, through our Dads delirium we got to hear some of our Dads innermost thoughts and feelings. It was never nice witnessing our Dad slipping into Delirium so frequently, anytime we saw the signs appearing we were hoping and praying it wouldnt last long, each time we hoped it would be the last time.

The theme for Mental Health Awareness this year is Nature.

We can relate to this, our Dad loved nature, he loved watching wildlife programmes, he loved his garden, growing flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Without realising our Dads garden became therapy for my sister and I, it brought us joy maintaining the produce of our Dad’s labour. It made us feel proud that we were able to do this, keep this going in his honour.

When we sold the property, we took roots from the garden and brought it to our house.

We were not sure whether they would regrow, as we took roots and were not sure if we took the correct roots, or if we uprooted them correctly.

The joy we got when they did regrow, it’s quite difficult to put this into words.

But what was comforting is that every time I had to leave my house and go out into this “new world” my first sight would be our Dad’s flowers, and right away I felt like I had armour to face whatever might be ahead. These flowers truly were uplifting for my mind and soul in these difficult and trying times.

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2. Illustrative Examples and YouTube Video: Mental Health Awareness Week 10th -16th May 2021

Nature and Mental Health – Mental Health Foundation #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2021

ukmentalhealth

2.39K subscribers

“Did you know that connecting with nature can be good for our mental health? Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here”: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw​.

#connectwithnature

 

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3. Mental Health Awareness Week 10th -16th May 2021

3.1 Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

“Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 10-16 May 2021. The theme is ‘Nature’”.

3.2 What is the purpose of Mental Health Awareness Week?

“About this event”

“Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Mental Health Awareness Week aims to get people talking about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can stop people from asking for help”. (18 May 2020).

3.3 What is Mental Health Awareness Week for?

“The Week is an opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice. This year we want people to notice nature and try to make a habit of connecting to the nature every day”.

3.4 What are the 4 types of Mental Illness?

“What are some types of mental disorders”?

  • “Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias”.
  • “Depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders”.
  • “Eating disorders”.
  • “Personality disorders”.
  • “Post-traumatic stress disorder”.
  • “Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia”. (15 Mar 2021).

3.5 Mental Health Foundation announces nature and the environment as the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

“The Mental Health Foundation has announced the dates and theme of next year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The Week will run from Monday 10th May” …

3.6 Why nature is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

“And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits. During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, we will pull together the evidence that demonstrates the powerful benefits of nature for our mental health. We will look at nature’s unique ability to not only bring consolation in times of stress, but also increase our creativity, empathy and a”…

3.7 Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 – Mental Health UK

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10 to 16 May 2021. This year, we’re 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”.

3.8 Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 | Mind

“Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10 – 16 May 2021 and this year we’re asking you to join the fight for mental health. During this pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. And we’ve seen that the support we all need just isn’t out there”.

3.9 Mental Health Awareness Week – Rethink Mental Illness

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 10-16 May 2021. People severely affected by mental illness are being left behind in the national conversation”…

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4. Chantelle Newell: Counsellor and Mediator

Chantelle Newell

I’m a qualified counsellor and mediator who has decided to step out in faith and practice.
I am here to help and inspire people with my posts.

www.ccnewell.co.uk

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5. Links on Mental Health Awareness

5.1 Mental Health Awareness

5.2 Discrimination in Mental Health

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6. Our Final Thoughts/ Our YouTube video

Throughout this lockdown we have found that talking to people about your feelings can really help to make a difference. It certainly has helped my sister and I. A campaingn has started in Britain to encourage people to Get Talking, we have included this in previous topics, but feel it is very appropriate to feature it again. As always we would like to wish anyone a good day, evening, night and beyond.

Britain Get Talking | 2021 Campaign – ITV

Britain Get Talking is ITV’s landmark Mental Wellness campaign encouraged at keeping one another connected while helping improve the quality of”…

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