WildHub celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16 May

Highlighting our members who are working to support wellbeing & resilience in our community and have shared useful resources (feel free to add to this list in the comment section!)

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WildHub is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week! This year the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.

Why is raising awareness on how to support good mental health so important to our global conservation community? Jessie Panazzolo, Founder of Lonely Conservationists, shared:

"A focus on mental health is paramount for the future of global conservationists. If conservationists are mentally healthy, supported and have adequate resources to undergo their work, they will produce long-term sustained conservation outputs. Too many conservationists leave their jobs due to bullying from management, stress from being underfunded or a lack of support and resources to aid them, so by ensuring the health and wellbeing of those who are working to conserve our natural spaces, our environment has a better chance of thriving too!"

Today marks the launch of 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.

WildHub will be celebrating this week by highlighting some of our members' work to promote and support good mental health, wellbeing and resilience in our global community of conservationists and beyond! We also invite you to share your any mental health resources you have found useful below in our comment sections and/or highlight how you will be celebrating the Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Over the past year, several members in our community who have shared their lessons on wellbeing and resilience, which are topics that are important to our community. These members include:

How you can join the conversation:

In the comment section below or in a separate post, please share with us how you and/or your organisation will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in your local or global community in a range of digital and creative ways!

Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation (UK) said:

“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.

"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.”

Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:
- During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of
connecting to the nature in your local area? Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the
freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals
nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections. 
- Share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and
how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and
#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #WildHub
· Use Mental Health Foundation resources in your family, school, workplace and
community to join with thousands of people who will be finding new ways to connect
with nature in their local environment.

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit
mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using
#ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Thirza Loffeld

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. For several years, I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. These programmes are aimed at building conservation capacity and promoting stewardship. I currently conduct my PhD research on the professional development of conservation professionals and work as Community Manager at WildHub.
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Go to the profile of Ussi Abuu Mnamengi
4 months ago

Excellent, Thanks all for share this events and knowledge!!

Thanks Thirza