With Mental Health Awareness Week beginning on 13th May, it’s more important than ever to come together as a community and prioritise mental well-being. However, in today’s fast-paced society, mental health is often something we forget about, or struggle to find the time for.

It’s crucial to take time out and prioritise mental well-being, and here are five things we can do in Burnley to nurture our mental health:

  1. Nature – Get outdoors! Take a leisurely stroll through one of Burnley’s parks or green spaces, such as Thompson Park or Towneley Park, and soak in the tranquil surroundings. Connecting with nature is good for the mind, and something that people often forget to take time for nowadays. Burnley’s parks and gardens can offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
  2. Socialise – Meet up with friends, even if it’s just for a coffee and a catch-up. Central Kitchen on St James Street offers an extensive brunch menu and is the perfect spot to grab a cuppa and have a natter.
  3. Laughter – As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Why not head down to a comedy show? The Mechanics Theatre has some great comedy nights planned in the upcoming months that are sure to lift spirits.
  4. Get moving – Movement is always good for the mind. Whether this means a stroll through the town centre, or maybe even a bike ride! Active Cycles currently has a pop-up in Charter Walk, selling refurbished bikes at reasonable costs, making cycling accessible to everyone.
  5. Retail therapy – Head into Sui Generis on St James Street and browse their great selection of independent arts, crafts, as well as new and preloved clothing. Sui Generis also has a coffee and seating bar inside, donating 10p of every drink sold to support mental health charities.

 With Mental Health Awareness Week this week, now is the perfect time to come together as a community and support one another. Let us embrace this opportunity to foster a culture of empathy, resilience, and hope, as we strive to create a healthier and happier Burnley community for all.