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My favourite post for July is ‘Dear July‘ from the blog ‘Nurture Thyself’, Empowerment, Self-Awareness and Mindfulness.

This post for July was really touching and started with … hug me, I want to feel your heart beat. Something I am desperate for from my daughter who has her second injection in August and promised me an extremely long hug after nine months of pregnancy shielding.

The beautiful words and images in this post and all the other posts makes you feel as if she is writing directly to you. ‘Be brave, darling dear. Be brave. Everything you wish for, believe, and it will come to you.’ How many times do we say this to at least one of our loved ones.

We have all been through a tough time over the last 18 months, more worse than others but without doubt the situation has touched every single persons heart. In the post Nuture Thyself included a lovely quote and wrote ‘This July is all about success, bravery and dusty, dreamy mornings. Things working out exactly as supposed to. It’s about inner freedom, inner light. Not getting lost in thoughts, but objectively watching them pass by.’

Who is the writer? Well her name is Linda and wrote this on her About Me page –

I love the the taste of coffee in the morning. Breakfast in bed, and forgotten books. I love working out, to be strong. Feeding my body delicious, nutritious foods, providing my being with healthy energy. I love curious minds, capturing moments. The feeling of confidence. Poetry. I love sleepy, needy puppies. The power of words. To write. I love the early hours, a light pink sky. A gentle breeze. To stretch. I love spending time alone, quieting the mind. Self-growth. Art. I love travelling, exploring the world. Observing people. The ocean. Outer space. I love snowy mountains. Mother Nature. The animals.

I love being me. But most of all, I wish to connect with you. Humans. 

What a lovely way to welcome July and hopefully August and many months after that. Thanks Linda, I really enjoyed your post. I have ended this post with a lovely inspirational quote.

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

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This years Mental Health Awareness Week’s theme is NATURE.

Mr. Mark Rowland Chief Executive of The Mental Health Foundation wrote how during lockdown he encountered a family member who was quite reliant on her daily hit of nature to get her through the day.

During the long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature, including me. I became quite neurotic about how I could attract birds to my garden. I tried every type of food and tactics but soon realised nature needed a few more trees and hedges to hide in. I am glad to say we are getting some regular visitors now.

Mark Rowland wrote that their research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health. Websites which showed footage from webcams saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.

Nature is our great untapped resource for a mentally healthy future, it is central to our psychological and emotional health. In the US a study found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster. So during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 they hope to raise awareness and inspire more people to connect with nature in new ways and to convince decision makers at all levels that access to and quality of nature is a mental health and social justice issue as well as an environmental one.

Mind are asking you to join in with them and the Mind community to speak out and share why fighting for mental health is important to you. Whether you’re fighting for your younger self who struggled with depression, for your friend on CAMHS waiting list or simply for properly funded mental health services. Whether you use social media or speak with friends, family or colleagues – help create a movement.

If you’re sharing on social media, remember to tag Mind and use the hashtags #mhaw #fightforMH to make sure you’re joining in the conversation. The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on our mental health. Help their Infoline be there for everyone so they all have someone to talk to when it becomes too much. Help them reach more people feeling trapped and isolated with our peer support networks and advice on staying well. And help them to continue campaigning to protect your rights and support your needs. Donate here.

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding and they won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.