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Trethowans recognises Mental Health Awareness Week


This week has marked Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.

The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May.

This year, the theme for the week is ‘Nature’. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, Trethowans has taken part in a different activity every day this week based on the four pillars of wellbeing: physical, mental, financial and social, with one day aimed at this years’ theme of nature.

Activities have included virtual events with inspirational speaker and Paralympian, Talan Skeels-Piggins and a talk by James Biggs, a financial wellbeing specialist from Employee Benefits Collective. In our Southampton office, there was also a very special visit by Hector, a trained emotional support dog who belongs to one of the Partners of Trethowans.

Trethowans will also pay a donation of £2 to mental health charity, Mind, for every employee that completes over 30 minutes of exercise on at least three days this week.

Mike Watson, Managing Partner at Trethowans, said: “No matter what job, profession, sector, social class or background you come from, the pandemic will have had a material impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing. That’s why highlighting Mental Health Awareness Week is more important this year than ever.

Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “Mental Health Awareness Week has grown to be one of the biggest awareness weeks in the UK. This year the theme is on nature and its central role for our mental health. Since the beginning of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature to help us get through lockdowns and our research shows that good mental health depends on us being able to connect with nature in some way and its power in both prevention of and recovery from poor mental health.

“During the week, we want to hear millions of people’s stories about how the natural world has supported their mental health.

“We also want to highlight the huge disparities between who is and who isn’t able to access nature. We want the week to explore how everyone across the UK can connect with nature and experience the mental health benefits wherever they live.”

You can find out more about the Mental Health Foundation here: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

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