MHAW 2021


The pandemic has had a negative impact on residents in Waltham Forest and across London. In a recent survey carried out in the borough, 65% of respondents said the pandemic had a negative effect on their mental health (compared to  61% in July 2020) and 75% of said they felt more anxious/depressed than usual after the pandemic.

However, many people across London and the UK said that connecting with nature helped them cope with the pandemic.

Connecting with nature not only brings us consolation in times of stress, but also also helps us achieve two of our 5 ways to wellbeing at once- Be Active and Take Notice. It also increases our creativity, empathy, gives us a sense of appreciation and helps us reduce stress, balance our mood and feel more positive.

Take a photo of yourself in nature and share your personal experience of the benefits with your loved ones and networks using #TakeNotice #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek (tag ).
Keep reading to find out more about activities in Waltham Forest to take care of your mental health, Nature reserves in Waltham Forest and resources for parents and young people.

Waltham Forest has been blessed with amazing sceneries and large acres of beautiful nature and green spaces that draws in visitors from across London and the UK. Here are a few MUST SEE sites:

Recent research indicates that the pandemic has had a negative impact on the mental health of young people- in 2020, one in six (16.0%) children aged 5 to 16 years were identified as having a mental disorder, increasing from one in nine (10.8%) in 2017. The increase was evident in both boys and girls.
For Mental Health Awareness Week we will like to encourage schools, and organisations that work with young people and parents to support young people to look after their mental wellbeing.


  • Kooth - offer online counselling and advice to young people (11-19) who are feeling low or anxious. around wellbeing and mental health. Young people can access self-help articles, counselling and moderated forums through the service
  • PAPYRUS (young suicide prevention society) offer help online to young people feeling suicidal or fed up of life 

Resources for Parents

  • Our Children and Family Centres (CFC) offer services where you can enjoy activities and receive any needed support for families with young children.

  • Flourish offers group support to mothers to talk about how they feel, their worries anxieties and learn to have more fun with their babies. Contact

  • Waltham Forest Family Handbook is for parents and families in Waltham Forest to access support for families over the COVID 19 pandemic

  • Government’s Mental Health Guidance for Parents and carers  guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

  • Waltham Forest’s 5 ways to wellbeing page lists a range of FREE activities to support wellbeing ranging from cycling, cooking classes, events, and support for new start up

  • Suntrap-at-home offer fun and educational ideas you can do with your children safely at home or in your local green space with a focus on nature and the environment

The 5 ways to Wellbeing resource pack contains digital assets and texts to help you spread the word about wellbeing on social media, emails and by telephone.