Let's face it our mental health has been pushed to the brink this year with lockdowns, working from home and not seeing our friends and family for months. Mothers have experienced isolation after giving birth, children have been away from friends and school for most of the year and what should have been an exciting time for university students has been a total write-off.  

The inspiration for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is nature and research showed that going for walks was the most popular coping method during lockdown with 45% of people saying being outside surrounded by greenery had been essential for mental health.  

The week will provide the opportunity for the country to focus on achieving good mental health and a platform to open discussions around the important subject. Mental Health Awareness Week takes place between 10-16 May and the Mental Health Foundation is encouraging everyone to do three things:

Experience Nature for example, going for a walk alone, with a friend or taking someone new along and showing them your favourite outside space.

Share Nature by taking photos or videos to inspire others by sharing on social media with the hashtags #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 

Talk about Nature and also check in on each other and see how they are doing.

Nature is a huge inspiration at Hobo & Hatch from the materials we use to our respect for the environment and are thankful for the comfort and healing it has provided during this difficult time and we send a virtual hug to you all.

By Sarah Ridgway

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