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Welcome to the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Each day there will be things for you to try to support your own wellbeing, daily live talks that you can join (or watch afterwards) from inspiring speakers who will be sharing insights from their life experiences, a series of challenges to help you connect more with nature, and some brilliant work from our Media Learning Company course giving students' views on mental health.  

Taking care of our mental health, and looking out for those around us, is so important. There is something for everyone during Mental Health Awareness Week. Get involved, explore the resources, listen to the experiences of others, and make some time for your mental health and wellbeing this week.   

Try This: 10-Minute Morning Meditation

Finding a quiet space to sit in peace, stillness, and with yourself to meditate can easily be one of the most beneficial gifts we can give to ourselves.

A regular practice can shift the way you feel, the energy in your body, and your entire human day to day experience.

This 10-minute mindful meditation with Juliana and Mark will give you the mental clarity and space necessary to ground yourself with focus and set your day on track for success and fulfilment.  

Connect with Nature Challenge: Find a New Walking Route  

The theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is NATURE and we will be challenging you to take part in simple activities that can help you feel more connected with nature.

The first challenge is to find a new a local new route to walk, run or cycle. When you are being active outdoors take the time to observe your surroundings and use all your senses to feel gratitude for nature. 

The free AllTrails app is a helpful tool to help you find new places to explore, as well as allowing you to log your distance on the app so you can challenge yourself to walk, run or cycle further next time!  

Let us know how you get on: If you feel like sharing your experience of this challenge on social media, use the hashtags #mentalhealthawarenessweek #connectwithnature - and don't forget to tag the college in your post!

Live Talk: Rose Scanlon-Jones

Today's guest speaker is Rose Scanlon-Jones, a local Community Builder, Social Media Manager, Dyslexia Advocate and Sustainability Warrior. Rose will be discussing her experiences with mental health, having dyslexia and her sustainability methods to protect our Earth. You can follow Rose on Instagram @roposj

Rose was able to share her top tips to sustainability and protecting our planet with the audience. Some of the data and information left viewers shocked and they felt they were being deceived by some brands. Catch up on the call today.

If you manage to catch up on the call today, Rose and I would be appreciative if you would spend two or three minutes filling out our feedback form. We use this feedback to build and improve our webinars. 

Rose shared a wealth of resources including: A-Z of Climate Change, Sea Shepherds, Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership, volunteer for the wildlife, join a newsletter, become a beacon of knowledge, read up on forest-bathing, join the fashion revolution and watch The True Cost on Netflix. 

Connect with Nature Challenge: Nature Art Therapy

Follow along with this beginner-friendly nature art therapy activity that can be accessible for all. Spend time by yourself or with family and friends by going for a long walk and collecting natural supplies first. Then return to get involved with the art activity, be as creative as you can.

This exercise will help you feel more connected and mindful of nature and the environment. 

Let us know how you get on: If you feel like sharing your experience of this challenge on social media, use the hashtags #mentalhealthawarenessweek #connectwithnature - and don't forget to tag the college in your post!  

A Student View on Mental Health: Great Outdoors Does Wonders

Media Learning Company student Olive has created an all-inclusive art club for the week of Mental Health Awareness Week to encourage you to go outdoors into nature, find peace and create something wonderful for your mind. 

Why not join her art club and have your work presented on the College website? 

Don't forget to tag the College in your art. #connectwithnature #mentalhealthawarenessweek

To see more work on mental health from our Media Learning Company students, click here. 

Connect with Nature Challenge: Work Out Your Carbon Footprint

Your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, that are generated by our actions and ways of living. 

Climate change is the term that scientists use to describe the complex shifts driven by greenhouse gas concentrations that are now affecting our planet's weather and climate systems. This encompasses not only the rising average temperatures (global warming) but also extreme weather events, shifting wildlife populations and rising sea levels. 

We challenge you to calculate your carbon footprint and discover ways to reduce this. Take the quiz here. 

Why not take a screenshot of your results and share how you are going to reduce this? Don't forget to tag the College. #connectwithnature #mentalhealthawarenessweek