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Mental Health Awareness Week: Shropshire Council Newsroom...

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Published Time: 13.05.2024 - 17:21:07 Modified Time: 13.05.2024 - 17:21:07

Enjoying our green spaces can really support your mental wellbeing, lift your mood, and help reduce your risk of mental health problems. If it feels daunting to get outside, try going with a friend or relative, or picking somewhere familiar. There are also some great tips on the Mental Health Foundation website to help you get started. Mental Health Awareness Week


of all ages are being encouraged to move more for their mental health, as part of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2024.

Step outside and breathe

With this year’s campaign coinciding with National Walking Month, there’s no better time to step outside and enjoy the amazing Shropshire countryside.

Enjoying our green spaces can really support your mental wellbeing, lift your mood, and help reduce your risk of mental health problems. If it feels daunting to get outside, try going with a friend or relative, or picking somewhere familiar. There are also some great tips on the Mental Health Foundation website to help you get started.

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors has many special landscapes including the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and many promoted routes for walking, cycling and riding across the county, from The Shropshire Way to Walking with Offa.

You can find out more Shropshire’s Great Outdoors, including activities you can take part in, on our Shropshire Great Outdoors website.

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said:-

“We’re supporting this Mental Health Awareness Week, to encourage everyone moving more for their mental health.

“Keeping emotionally well is just as important as keeping physically well. Everyone can get the mental health benefits of moving more; it’s all finding what works for you.

“Mental Health Awareness Week also is a great reminder to prioritise our emotional wellbeing and to look out for signs that we, or other we know, need help. Taking small steps to look after our mental health day-to-day can help to prevent problems escalating, and connecting with other and with our wider communities can help with this.

“Our mental health and wellbeing pages on our website have some really useful links to services that can help when things begin to feel difficult.”

Feeling low or anxious? Reach out to someone

There are many simple things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing. It’s also important to be open how we are feeling and to reach out for help when we need it.

Shropshire’s Council’s mental health and wellbeing webpages offer a range of support and tools to support ’s mental health. These include:

Stress and anxiety money can affect ’s mental health and wellbeing and, for lots of , this has been heightened by the rising cost of living in recent years. The council’s cost of living webpages offer a wide range of advice and support to ensure you are maximising your income.

Urgent help – Call NHS 111 select mental health


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