Move for Nottinghamshire Mind
It seems that since the pandemic hit the world like a brick hitting an egg, we’ve actually started having the conversations society needed.Laura Richards, Media Consultant, Imagine Digital
May 10th until May 16th is Mental health Awareness Week and for the first time in my adult life I actually believe that people are starting to take mental health seriously. I remember as a child if someone broke their leg we would happily write on their cast and wish them well. If a child in class got agitated kicked up a fuss started to cry or scream and shout, we would look at them strangely and the teacher would shout at them to get out of the room, they would be suspended for a few days and when they returned it was never a question of are you OK? What made you behave like that? Is anything going on at home? It was ignored because we couldn’t see the pain, we didn’t acknowledge it.
Finally, it feels as if people are trying to understand and communicate their own mental health struggles and the stigma is very slowly being lifted. Currently at my children’s primary school they often discuss their feelings, they express themselves within art and creative writing my children are at primary school and they are very aware of health not just being one of the bodies but also the minds. Children being aware at a young age is positive for the future, they will become adults whom hopefully in the future will be more understanding and less reticent themselves to come forward with mental health issues.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Nevermore so than the world experiencing a lockdown did the general population experience mental health problems. Nearly everyone was scared, confused and apprehensive when we didn’t know what was going to happen and we didn’t really know what to do for the best except to stay in, but staying in meant being isolated from friends and family, financial situations changed, relationships changed almost overnight. We live in an extremely fast-paced technologically advanced world where connections are more about wifi than they have been about human connexion and although technology is moving at an astounding rate, human nature is not and so it is more important now more than ever to be open, understanding and advocate our own and others mental health.
Mental health awareness week is an opportunity to focus on achieving good mental health and at Imagine we take mental health seriously. We believe in expressing and communicating our emotional needs without fear of judgments or reprisal and that’s why as a team we are taking part in Move for Nottinghamshire Mind – a virtual challenge with the aim of getting communities working together, moving for better mental health and raising awareness of the work of Nottinghamshire Mind.
Since the pandemic began Mind have seen depression rates double and record numbers of people in crisis and more calls to their helpline than ever before.
Support is more vital than ever and you can choose how you’ll get active to fundraise. The mental health organisation has been focused on nature for mental health week and that’s because nature can play an important part in improving peoples mental health and making us feel better according to the mental health organisation during lockdown nature played a vital part in supporting mental health. Their own research showed last summer half of people in the UK said that being in nature was a favoured way to cope with the stress of the pandemic.
Imagine Digital Team Challenge
With this in mind, Mandy Hopkins of Imagine Digital has decided to go for a walk, to the gym or for a swim every day in May. I have decided that my challenge will be to achieve 10,000 steps a day for 30 days. This gives me no excuse not to get outside and get some fresh air and blow away some of those daily anxieties. Our web designer James Fletcher has chosen to get the mind and the body moving with alternate days of walking and practising yoga. He became interested in yoga after we had regular exercise and yoga sessions as part of our team building through the end of last year. Although it was over Zoom it was a nice way to connect with the team and to focus on our physical and mental health.
If you’d like to take part or donate visit Move for Nottinghamshire Mind but more importantly do not feel scared to speak up if you’re struggling to cope. You’re not alone. Some people find it easier to speak to friends and family and some do not. This is why charities like Mind are so important because they prove opportunities to speak to someone or gain access to help when you need it the most.