💚 For Our Well-Being 🤗

💚 For Our Well-Being 🤗

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Dennis Kamprad

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Happy Monday 👋

Did you know that mental health is one of the most pressing issues facing people around the world today?

From the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change, our mental health is constantly being challenged by our modern way of living… 

For example, I do find that a peaceful walk in nature really helps to clear my mind 🌳

And what better way to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week than by getting together in the great outdoors to inspire acceptance, understanding, and healing? 

Here are the impactful insights that I have for you today:

  • How to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week 🤗
  • The $6.6 billion investment in residential solar projects 🇺🇲
  • Nature officially recognized as a Spotify artist 🎶
  • And more… 💚
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🤗 Event of the Week: Mental Health Awareness Week

👉 Did you know that this week (May 13-19) is Mental Health Awareness Week? This awareness event was originally established in the UK to improve mental health on a global scale. 

1️⃣ The big picture: Mental Health Awareness Week was founded in 2001 by the Mental Health Foundation to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and help people prioritize and understand their own mental health. Today, the event is used to bring people together to focus on improving their mental health and raising awareness of mental health struggles such as anxiety and depression.

2️⃣ Why is this important: Around the world, over 970 million people are living with a mental health disorder, with 44% of adults saying that mental health is the biggest health problem facing people in their country. Eco-anxiety is a particularly rising trend, with half of people aged 16-25 feeling sad, anxious, or powerless about climate change. People suffering from a mental health disorder often feel isolated, misunderstood, and helpless as they attempt to navigate their feelings and integrate into society, leading to suicide attempts in extreme cases. 

3️⃣ How can you get involved: The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 is ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’ to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise for mental well-being. So, perhaps one of the best ways to get involved in this event is to organize an outdoor fundraising activity to get people in your community moving and supporting each other. In addition, you can mark this awareness event by wearing green or joining the Strava Challenge

You can also consider donating to one or more charities that are working to improve mental health around the world:

If you are looking for more inspiration, you can find a wider range of charitable causes to support in our charity support blog.

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📢 Three Good News

🇺🇲 The US administration announces $6.6 billion investment in rooftop solar and community solar gardens:

🎶 A new initiative recognizes nature as a Spotify artist to raise money for conservation:

  • Nature has now been recognized as an official Spotify artist, meaning that singers, songwriters, and bands can add it as a featured artist.
  • From the Beatles to Ellie Goulding, nature sounds have been used by music artists for generations. However, now, our natural planet can benefit.
  • It’s hoped that the project will raise $40 million for conservation efforts around the globe within four years and inspire positive change. 

♻️ A new law approved to reduce the stream of plastic waste in the EU:

  • The European Parliament has adopted a new Packaging Waste Regulation, with the backing of 476 lawmakers, to reduce the amount of plastic waste and increase recycling efforts.
  • Nearly 190 kg of wrappers, cans, cartons, boxes, and bottles are discarded by every EU citizen annually, contributing to pollution and climate change. 
  • The new law sets targets to reduce this plastic waste by 5% by 2030, increasing to 15% by 2040. 
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🤝 Three More Important Awareness Events

♀️ May 13, National Women’s Checkup Day:

  • National Women’s Checkup Day encourages women to be proactive about their health and make appointments with their healthcare provider. 
  • Many screenings occur during these routine checkups, which can catch many conditions early and potentially save lives. 

 🦘 May 15, International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day:

  • International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day educates people on the importance of skin-to-skin contact in newborn care.
  • The day advocates for a safety-based approach to kangaroo care.

🗨️ May 13-19, National Stuttering Awareness Week:

  • National Stuttering Awareness Week aims to platform the thousands of people who stutter.
  • The week aims to smash stigmas about stuttering and provide resources for those who struggle with speech impediments.

Related: You can discover all the 109 most important awareness events (for the month, days, weeks) in our awareness calendar for May 2024!

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📜 These Days in History

🎙️ May 13, 1950: American musician Steve Wonder was born in Saginaw, Michigan. He later went on to become one of the most acclaimed and creative musical figures of the 20th century. 

💉 May 14, 1976: English physician and scientist Edward Jenner developed and administered the first vaccine against smallpox. Just 18 months later, 12,000 people in England had been vaccinated, with the number of smallpox deaths dropping by 66%. 

🪖 May 14, 1942: An Act of Congress allowed women to enlist for non-combat duties during World War II, including in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) and the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services (WAVES).

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💭 Quote of the Day

“What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry, and more unity, peace, and understanding. Period.”

— Steve Wonder, American singer-songwriter

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