Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 – free nature and wellbeing sessions

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10 – 16 May, and the theme this year is Nature.

To celebrate the week, we’re offering a programme of live and pre-recorded online wellbeing sessions incorporating elements of nature, aimed at helping you connect with the environment in a variety of ways: through art, mindfulness and visualisation, planting and growing, foraging and even through enjoying a refreshing cup of tea! Places for are limited for some of the sessions, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please ensure you have installed Zoom on the device you will be using in advance of your chosen session. 

All of the sessions are free to join, but do consider giving something if you can, however small. It really makes a difference! Visit our donation page.

Monday 10 May, theme: Art

Zentangle Nature DoodleZentangle Nature Doodles – live online session

Time: 1pm – 2pm
Location: online (Zoom)
Maximum number of participants: 10
Course leaders: Verity and Jo from Sydenham Garden.
Details: Zentangle is an art therapy practice. Using deliberate, repeating patterns, with shapes inspired by nature, we will create beautiful and interesting artworks. The process can enhance relaxation and focus. You don’t need any experience of art making to take part, just some paper and a pen.
How to join in: Email communications@BLGMind.org.uk stating you are interested in attending this session, and we will email you participation details. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

An artwork by EndaDeburcaArt with Enda – live online session

Time: 3pm – 4pm
Location: online (Zoom)
Maximum number of participants: 100
Course leader:
Enda De Búrca from Bromley Recovery College (right: one of his artworks)
Details:
Join artist Enda De Búrca in this theoretical session exploring how connecting to nature through making art increases our capacity to be connected with others. He will look at how we manage our relationships with our own artistic work as a way to manage being with others post-lockdown.

How to join in: Email communications@BLGMind.org.uk stating you are interested in attending this session, and we will email you participation details.

Tuesday 11 May, theme: Visualisation

A woman visualising being immersed in natureCompassionate visualisation practices – live online session

Time: 1pm – 1.30pm AND 1.45 – 2.15pm
Location: online (Zoom)
Maximum number of participants: 15 per session
Course leader: Jonny Say (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies practitioner)
Details: Using visualisation to connect with a safe and supportive imagined place; using the power of nature imagery to connect with strength, calm and soothing. We will also use visualisation to connect with external sources of compassion and loving kindness to ground and resource ourselves to cope with mental and emotional difficulties.
How to join in: Email communications@BLGMind.org.uk stating you are interested in attending this session, and we will email you participation details. NB: you can only book one of the Compassionate Visualisation Practice sessions.

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Wednesday 12 May, theme: Mindfulness

Meditation on Nature Scenes – pre-recorded session


Course leader: Libby
Details: in collaboration with Herefordshire Mind, Libby Agate from BLG Mind’s Greenwich counselling service guides us through a series of gentle meditations designed to help us connect with nature through our senses. Leona Patterson of Herefordshire Mind provided the beautiful images.

Hands holding a decorative teacup containing teaAfternoon Tea – live online session

Time: 2pm – 3.30pm
Location: online (Zoom)
Maximum number of participants: 20
Course leaders: Stephanie and Gillian
Details: Come and join us in a light-hearted, interesting discussion about tea and other hot beverages, exploring the cultural and medicinal benefits of these drinks. Make yourself a cup of tea to enjoy during this discussion, and swap tips about what drinks lift your mood, wake you up or help you to get a good night’s sleep.
How to join in: email communications@BLGMind.org.uk stating you are interested in attending this session, and we will email you participation details. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday 13 May, theme: Gardening and Horticulture

Urban Foraging – live online session

Time: 1pm – 2pm
Location: online (Zoom)
Maximum number of participants: 20
Course leaders: David and Penny from Sydenham Garden.
Details: We will be talking about urban foraging and showing you some of the common wild herbs (also known as weeds!) available at this time of year. If you have ever harvested any herbs or berries from the wild before, then please come along with a memory or recipe to share, and we will leave some time to share our experiences.
How to join in: email communications@BLGMind.org.uk stating you are interested in attending this session, and we will email you participation details. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Friday 14 May, theme: Nature and Mental Health

How nature can boost our mental health – pre-recorded session


Course leader: Gracie

Details: Wrapping up our Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 programme of events, Gracie, Mental Health and Wellbeing Service Manager for Bromley Well, discusses how we can embed the goodness and beauty of nature into our daily lives. Discover the best ways to connect to nature, and the rewards you can reap by doing so.

Thriving with Nature – a guide for everyone

Free guidebook ‘Thriving With Nature’ aims to raise awareness and open conversations about mental health issues, while recognising the increasingly important role nature plays in supporting positive mental wellbeing. The guidebook, produced by the World Wildlife Fund and the Mental Health Foundation, explores the relationship between nature, wellbeing and mental health. Download ‘Thriving With Nature‘. 

A quote about the mental health benefits of nature

Mental Health Awareness Week on social media

Posting about BLG Mind and Mental Health Awareness Week on social media? Please use the hashtag #BLGMindMHAW and/or tag us at @BLGMind so we can find and share your post. You’ll find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.