Mental Health Awareness Week Blog

Author: Jake Furby (they/their)

Date: 14/05/2021

‘There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature’ – Aristotle


Trigger Warning: Mental Health, Suicide.

Mental Health Awareness is important to discuss and be open about. 1 in 4 of us will experience mental ill-health at some point within our lifetime. This sadly increases for those who have been marginalised in society such as LGBTQ+ people, being a minority ethnic (including British minority ethnic) and disabled people. In addition, suicide is the biggest killer in men under the age of 40.


This past year we have been challenged in ways that we could not have expected. A lot of us turned to nature and went for walks in green spaces. Research from the Mental Health Foundation has shown that 45% of participants reported that being in green spaces had been vital for their mental health.


This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is nature. Our Communications Manager Jake has provided a video of what we have been doing to promote Mental Health in the Workplace.



If you have been affected by this blog here is a list of organisations who you cna talk to:




Okrehab is a drug and alcohol rehab provider in the UK. Their helpline is staffed by people who’ve faced drug & alcohol addiction in the past.


Phone: 0800 326 5559


Visit the OK Rehab website




Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.


Phone: 116 123


Visit the Samaritans website


SOS Silence of Suicide


SOS Silence of Suicide provides a listening service For children and adults who need emotional support, understanding, compassion & kindness.


Phone: 0300 102 0505


Visit the SOS Silence of Suicide website




Shout is a 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone struggling to cope and in need of immediate help.


Text SHOUT to 85258


Visit the Shout website here




PAPYRUS offer support, practical advice and information to young people considering suicide and can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.


Phone: 0800 068 41 41


Visit the Papyrus website




CALM, the campaign against living miserably is a suicide prevention charity that offers free, anonymous and confidential support via their helpline and webchat for anyone who is in crisis.


Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily 5pm-midnight)


Visit the CALM website




Lifeline provides support to people suffering distress or despair in Northern Ireland, regardless of age or district.


Phone: 0808 808 8000 (24 hours a day)


Visit the Lifeline website


Community Advice & Listening Line


Community Advice & Listening Line offers emotional support and information on mental health and related matters to people in Wales.


Phone: 0800 132 737 (24/7) or text “help” to 81066


Visit the Community Advice & Listening Line website


Breathing Space


Breathing Space offers a confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
Phone: 0800 83 85 87 (Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, weekends 24 hours).
A BSL service is also available via the website.


Visit the Breathing Space website


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.


Visit the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide website