UPP creates nature-inspired photo gallery to mark ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’

Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is nature.

Research by the Mental Health Foundation found that going for outdoor walks was one of our top coping strategies during the pandemic and 45% of us report that being in green spaces has been vital for our mental health. 

To support the campaign, University Partnerships Programme (UPP) is encouraging its team members to participate in the creation of a nature-themed photo gallery, providing colleagues with the opportunity to connect, share and talk about nature.    

UPP has a proud and long-standing track record of proactive engagement on mental health, having trained over 100 colleagues as ‘mental health first aiders’ to support our teams and residents during lockdown, and with recent internal ‘Acts of Kindness’ and ‘Listening Ear’ campaigns.   

Meanwhile, UPP’s registered charity, The UPP Foundation, has provided a £100k grant to UK student mental health charity Student Minds to create a ‘University Mental Health Charter Programme’, with the initiative set to bring universities together to share mental health best practice and create cultural change.

Craig Cole, Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing at UPP, said: “Outdoor walks have been one of the top coping strategies for people during the lockdown. Having encouraged colleagues and residents to get out and about during the lockdown to help maintain positive mental health, we’re now inviting our colleagues to engage with Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 through the creation of a nature-themed photo gallery.”