Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The theme this year is 'connecting with nature'. The theme was chosen because being in nature is known to be an effective way of tackling mental health problems and of protecting our wellbeing. This year that's especially important - in the year of a pandemic. Research has shown that being in nature has been one of the most popular ways people have tried to sustain good mental health during this challenging time. Join the conversation Help us spread mental health awareness by joining us on social media. Like and share our posts and help to normalise talking about mental health. Join our mailing list Join the Independent Lives mailing list to keep up to date with Independent Lives news and useful information on disability. Five ways to wellbeing Regardless of who you are or what you do, there are five ways to wellbeing which everyone should try to follow in order to achieve better mental health. This mental health week is a perfect time to re-focus on your own, and other people's, wellbeing. These guidelines are a perfect place to start if you're unsure of what you can do to improve your wellness. Did you know? Under the Equality Act, any mental health problem can be considered to be a disability if it meets this legal definition of 'a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial, adverse, and long-term effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.' The focus is on the effect of your mental health problem, rather than the diagnosis. If you meet the following criteria, then your mental health problem may qualify as a disability, granting you protection from discrimination under the Equality Act: has more than a small effect on your everyday life makes things more difficult for you, and has lasted at least 12 months, is likely to last 12 months, or (if your mental health problem has improved) that it is likely to recur For further information, visit the Mind website here.