Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue each year.

75% of mental health issues are established by the age of 24.

We are rowing the 3000 miles across the Atlantic to raise awareness and money for 2 mental health charities close to our heart - Tough Enough To Care and Mind.

As such, Mind The Atlantic is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week!

This year the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health. As rowing enthusiast we fully support the positive effect being outdoors and surrounded by nature can have on mental well being.

Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, who are hosting this year's mental health awareness week, said: “Mental Health Awareness Week has grown to be one of the biggest awareness weeks in the UK. 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.”

Why Mental Health is so important to the Crew

"We have all had times where our mental health has suffered, and many of us don't even realise. I was lucky enough to have a group of amazing friends and family to help me when I needed it and now I'd like to help someone else." - Dan

"The impacts of mental health conditions is, in my opinion, one of the biggest issues facing people in modern times and if I can help to improve the lives and ease the suffering, then it is worth putting myself through this. It will be a small battle compared to what those individuals face every day." - Oli

"Mental health is so important, it's something that can effect everyone in so many different ways. Being a mental health ally in my day job I try to do my bit to help people but I want to do more." - Adam

"Everyone will know someone who has experienced poor mental health, whether they know it or not. It can be hard to talk and ask for help, so it's so important that these charities exist to provide support." - Amelia

So why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature?

How you may ask? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Take half an hour or more to go for a walk, get outside and step away from the screen

  • Start a walking meeting initiative at work and dial in from your phone

  • Stop to listen to the birdsong or smell the freshly cut grass outside

  • Take care of a house plant - apparently talking to them helps them to grow!

  • Play with with an animal, a friend's or family pet

  • Take a moment to appreciate these connections

It is important to take time for yourself, check in with family, friends and colleagues. You never know what someone could be going through and it's the little things that make a big difference.

For more information, help and advice you can visit our 2 chosen charities below:

  • Tough Enough To Care - "We want men of all ages to feel comfortable talking and opening up about their emotions to those close to them, instead of bottling them up until they reach breaking point. We also want men to be able to spot when others may be struggling. There is no shame in being Tough Enough To Care"

  • Mind - "We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect"

You can also donate to them through your Just Giving Pages below: