mental health awareness week


Wondering how to take part in mental health awareness week in Birmingham?


We know that at times it can be hard to find the motivation to go through the motions of daily life, let alone to make positive lifestyle changes. Struggling with your mental health is nothing to feel embarrassed about; we encourage you to reach out if you feel that you need help. We have compiled this list of resources, as well as tips surrounding how you can implement positive lifestyle changes.




Connect with nature this Mental Health Awareness Week


The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16th May) is Nature; this correlates with May also being National Walking Month. As stated within the video above, 4 in 10 people have disclosed that being within, or close to, nature has a positive impact on their anxiety, as well as their overall emotional state.

The NHS suggests that mindfulness helps to actively place you in the present moment, which makes you more able to understand your emotions. It can also benefit you in terms of separating your thought processes, providing a calming effect. Therefore, when you are outdoors you should try to notice the sights you’re seeing, as well as the sensations and sounds.

Moreover, regular exercise, both indoors and within nature, can help to improve not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. According to the NHS, exercise can provoke endorphins, which positively impact your overall mood. Similarly, having clearly-defined goals to strive for can motivate you to incorporate a sense of routine into your day.

If you are getting out in nature this weekend (and beyond), make sure you’re following our tips with regards to sun safety and hay fever, so that nothing gets in the way of your mindfulness.



mental health awareness week



What if I don’t live near any natural features?


We recognise that in some cases, you may live somewhere such as a city centre, where it is impossible to go on walks and so on. If you do not have any local green spaces, or are unable to get out, why not bring nature to you? You could consider purchasing plants to create your very own tranquil green space in your home.

Moreover, the responsibility of owning and caring for a plant can act as a helpful distraction in terms of negative or intrusive thoughts. It can also provide a sense of routine and purpose.

However, we recognise that nature itself cannot act as a substitute for clinical support, such as medication or counselling. Therefore it is important that you reach out if you are struggling with your mental health. You should never feel ashamed or embarrassed to do so. We have included a list of resources below for this purpose.



mental health awareness week



What if I am unable to leave the house?


If you are struggling to leave the house for everyday necessities, such as prescriptions, we can bring the Pharmacy to you. We offer a free delivery service with text message reminders so that we can help make your day that little bit easier.


Looking after yourself this Mental Health Awareness Week in Birmingham


Lastly, it is important to check in with your friends and family, and also yourself, regularly. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health, we have included a selection of resources below for further support and guidance:


– NHS Mental health resources

– Mind Information and Support

– Mental Health UK

– Mental Health Awareness Week Tips on Connecting with Nature

– Get Involved with Mental Health Awareness Week


Feel free to contact us for further information.


Your Saydon family is here for you, whenever you need us.


This blog post was written on behalf of Saydon Pharmacy by Carla Moore from Pharmacy Mentor.