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Added on May 14th, 2021 by

Jake Furby (they/their)

This article explores why Mental Health Awareness is important.

Themes covered


Mental Health Awareness Week Blog

‘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