The Mental Health Foundation host Mental Health Awareness Week every May. The aim is for the whole of the UK to come together to highlight the importance of achieving good mental health for all. Each year, there is a key theme to drive focus on a particular mental health topic. The official theme for this year, is ‘anxiety’.
Anxiety is a common emotion that we’ve likely all experienced at some point in our lives. According to Mental Health UK, people living with an anxiety disorder will feel intense levels of anxiety frequently, which can deeply impact their quality of life.
Anxiety disorders affect over 8 million people in the UK – that’s a little over 1 in 10 of us – and there are lots of different types. Research has shown that spending time outdoors and in nature can reduce feelings of anxiety. Spending time in parks and open community spaces is something which we can all do, and can have positive mental health benefits.
At The Skill Mill, we actively improve local community spaces, so that anyone can enjoy the great outdoors. Building benches, maintaining green spaces, and looking after wildlife are just a few of the day-to-day jobs our teams carry out. We make a difference to areas where people can socialise, enjoy their natural surroundings, and get some fresh air - a great contribution to reducing anxiety amongst communities.