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Mental Health Awareness Week

During this pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is an awareness raising week from 10th – 16th May 2021, dedicated to starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it.

This year’s MHAW theme is nature. The power of nature and the environment in supporting our mental health and wellbeing cannot be underestimated.

Rediscovering our own natural environment has provided solace during an unprecedented time. So many of us have turned to nature during the pandemic, whether it be a favourite park, personal garden or a green space. The Mental Health Foundation’s research showed that during the past year, going for walks outside was a top coping strategy, with 45% saying that being in green space was vital for their mental health. 

This Mental Health Awareness Week, we are inviting you to connect with nature.

How can I get involved?

To celebrate this year’s theme, there a number of ways you can get involved with us:


Looking for a local activity?

Booking essential.

  • Mindfulness Walk: Bath Mind are hosting a 30 minute teacher led Mindfulness Walk around Henrietta Park on Friday 14th May 11am. If you feel inspired to take time out of your day to connect with the sights and sounds of nature and feel a connection to the earth, then please get in touch and book a space by emailing: [email protected] 
  • Snap and Stay Session: Come along to our Snap and Stay session on Tuesday 11th May 1-3pm, a mobility-friendly version of our Snap and Stroll photography wellbeing sessions⁠. An outdoor photography session in Keynsham Park on Tuesday 11th May, taking creative photographs from a fixed location. Book your space here.

Photo Competition FAQs

If your query is not covered below, please get in touch at [email protected].

How can I take part?

Step one: take a photograph in nature. This could be of your favourite park, bench, picnic spot, or favourite walking route to wander! If you feel comfortable to do so, please caption this photo on our competition form. Your caption could contain the location, and/or what nature and being outdoors means to you and your wellbeing.

Step two: Submit your photo via our competition form. At the end of the form, you’ll be directed to a £5 donation payment form, to finalise your entry. 

Step three: (optional) share with friends and family! If you’re on social media, you may like to share your photo entry with others – be sure to tag us:

Instagram: @bath.mind
Twitter: @bathmind
Facebook: @bathmind

To share more widely, use the competition hashtags: #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #NatureinBANES #BathMind

Will there be competition prizes?

We’ll be awarding first, second and third prizes to competition winners – prizes will be continued to be announced below! Additionally, all three winners will also get a spot in our upcoming Bath Mind 21/22 calendar.

All participants will be part of our final ‘nature collage’, a single image compiling all of your wonderful entries.

Prizes available:

  • A nutritious meal made of local produce from Castle Farm – 1 x £25 gift voucher
  • A luxury gift from Sacco Scents
  • A tasty treat from Good Day Cafe – 1 x £20 gift voucher
  • A beautiful pet portrait from Pet Portraits by Alex (worth £125!)
  • A locally made plant hanger from small business KangaRu!
Do I have to donate to enter?

To enter the official competition, we are asking for a donation of £5 to Bath Mind. 

We are asking for donations on this occasion to fundraise for our life-changing community services. Covid-19 has left so many of us unable to cope and unsure where to turn. Bath Mind have seen a significant increase in demand for support over the last year, and have adapted at every turn to support our community. To meet this rising demand, we need your help.

All donations will go straight back to our community services, providing mental health information, activities, advice and support across B&NES. Unsure what we do here at Bath Mind? Head to our latest service brochure to find out more.

If you are unable to donate, that’s okay! We would still be delighted to see your nature photos and hear about your favourite nature spots in B&NES. You can email in your photos, or tag us in any posts on social media. 

Instagram: @bath.mind
Twitter: @bathmind
Facebook: @bathmind

Please note, only photographs submitted with a donation will be entered for the competition prizes.

To share more widely, use the competition hashtags: #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #NatureinBANES #BathMind

Does my photo need to be taken in Bath and North East Somerset?

As we are a local charity working in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), we would encourage you to take your photos in our local area. However, if you’d like to share a photo outside of B&NES, that’s absolutely fine too. All we ask is that you take the photo within Mental Health Awareness Week (10th-16th May), in the spirit of getting outside in nature during the campaign week.

What are the Terms and Conditions?

Bath Mind MHAW 2021 Photo Competition T&Cs:

  • The competition will be live from Wednesday 5th May to Sunday 16th May. The cut off for the competition will be midnight on 16th May.
  • In submitting your photograph, you are confirming that you have taken the photograph yourself.
  • Photos must not contain any explicit or malicious visuals/wording. Bath Mind reserves the right to disqualify any photographs we deem inappropriate for public viewing.
  • Only photographs submitted via the official competition form and followed by a completed donation payment will be submitted into the competition, and eligible for prizes.
  • Bath Mind will endeavour to announce to competition winners within 10 works days of Sunday 16th May.
  • Competition winners will be selected by a panel of Bath Mind staff competition judges.
  • All prizes for the competition have been kindly donated to Bath Mind from local businesses. These have not been purchased by Bath Mind, and no percentage of the donation fees have gone towards purchasing prizes.
  • By submitting your photos, you grant Bath Mind non-exclusive rights to use your photos on our website, in advertising, and on our social media channels. These non-exclusive rights extend to our upcoming Bath Mind annual calendar, however we will be in touch with all competition winners to discuss this further, answer questions, and finalise details before the calendar is finalised.

A big thank you to Jason Dorley Brown for the photograph used in our web banner. The photo captures the wonderful Bath Parade Gardens.

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