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Staff encouraged to connect with nature

Staff encouraged to connect with nature

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) 2021 (May 10 – 16) is “nature”.

Following recent research that shows connecting with nature makes people feel better, as part of its MHAW activities Adullam Homes has decided to help promote the theme, particularly as it’s something that staff, tenants, residents and service users (TRS) have done during the various lockdowns over the past 14 months.

To encourage staff and TRS to connect with nature, Adullam’s Senior Leadership Team has invited them to take photos of their connections with nature.

There will be a £50 voucher prize for the best staff photo and one for the best TRS image. It has also been decided that the winning entries will be framed and displayed on the walls at Walter Moore House in West Bromwich, home to Adullam’s central services.

Alison Sargent (CEO) and Grant Hyatt (Denbighshire Operational Manager), who in addition to his day job is a highly acclaimed photographer, will judge all entries.

In an email sent to all staff last Friday announcing the competition, suggestions of ways everyone can connect with nature were provided. They included going for a walk and feeding the birds/ducks; spending some time in the brilliant gardens many of Adullam’s projects have, stopping to listen to birds singing and taking care of a house plant – noticing the changes during the week.

The photo competition is one of several activities that have been organised across the Association to raise awareness of mental health issues and to encourage people to talk about the subject and seek help if they need it.

  • The photo shows one of the entries submitted so far.