With all of the stress and uncertainty over the past year taking care of our mental health has become more important than ever. For both adults and young people the Pandemic has undoubtedly been a time of anxiety, and a recent poll of over 3000 children and teenagers carried out by the Anna Freud Centre found that 93% of participants would like mental health awareness and support taught in the classroom*.
10th-16th May 2021 is National Mental Health Awareness week in the UK. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the week focusses on raising awareness around mental health issues as well as looking at ways to support and foster our wellbeing.
The theme of the week this year is Nature. For lots of us nature provided a comforting escape from the rigours of lockdown, whether it was walks in our local countryside or spending time in the garden. Nature brings not only consolation during times of stress but also inspires creativity and empathy, as well as providing many physical benefits.
With the (hopefully) nice weather arriving we reckon it’s the perfect time to get your pupils outside and enjoying the great outdoors. From nature walks and pond dipping to window sill plant pots and bird feeders there are lots of ways to get involved with nature this Spring time. If you’d like to celebrate the great outdoors with some stickers you can also have a look at our garden bird set featuring lots of feathered favourites and our mini beasts collection, which are perfect for science lessons and much more beside. You can have a look at all of our nature inspired stickers at our website.
You can also find more information and resources for schools including lesson plans and tips on connecting with nature on the the Mental Health foundation website https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/school-pack. We’ll see you soon for more sticker news.