Let’s get out and behind Mental Health Awareness Week

9 Oct 2017 | Mental Health & Addiction Quality Improvement

Staff at the Health Quality & Safety Commission are being encouraged to ‘get out and into nature’ for at least an hour this week, to promote their mental health and wellbeing as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.

The year’s theme is ‘nature is key’, and as well as encouraging staff to connect with the natural environment, there will be shared nature-themed lunches and other activities to highlight the important role nature plays in promoting mental health.

Others working in the health sector are being encouraged to support their staff to think about their mental health and wellbeing, says Clive Bensemann, Clinical Lead of the Commission’s mental health and addiction quality improvement programme. 

"Everyone’s mental health benefits from engaging in nature, connecting with our communities and taking time for our own wellbeing."

Staff at the Commission will be joining hundreds of workplaces across the country to support the week, with tea parties, picnics and outdoor staff BBQs some of the activities planned nationwide. To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week visit

Last updated 09/10/2017