Nature is Key (MHAW)

26th October 2017

The Mental Health Foundation runs Mental Health Awareness Week every year.

MHAW is always held during the week of World Mental Health Day (10 October).

MHAW is endorsed by the World Federation for Mental Health and marked in over 150 countries at different times of the year. The Mental Health Foundation has organised MHAW in New Zealand since 1993.

The theme of 2017: Nature is Key.
Why nature? Because it’s great for everyone! Kiwis from all walks of life are encouraged to stop thinking of nature as something locked away in national parks and forests but as the daisies in the berm, the tree outside the window and the vast, beautiful sky above. Spending time with nature:

  • Makes us feel happier and more optimistic
  • Restores us when we’re feeling run-down
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves life satisfaction
  • And much more!

Like getting our 5+ a day, we all instinctively know we should be spending more time in the wild but it can feel too hard to cram into our already hectic schedules. It is actually pretty easy to unlock your wellbeing and spend time with the nature you live, play and work amongst every day.

MHAW has already been this year, but there are still heaps of great resources on the website –

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