I’m sure many of you have seen posts on social media this past week as lots of people have been getting involved with Mental Health Awareness week 2017, 8th-14th May. It’s a subject that is being talked about much more often as we all know someone who has suffered or who is suffering from some kind of mental health issue. But could the answer to improved mental health be found outside and not in the doctor’s office?
1 in 4 of us will develop some kind of metal illness throughout our lifetime – adults and children! Over the past couple of years more and more research is emerging to support the theory that nature can have huge potential benefits on our overall mental wellbeing.
According to a newly released European report, People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants. Trees and green spaces are unrecognised healers offering benefits from increased mental wellbeing and allergy reductions!!
The Wildlife Trust actively promote nature for mental health and recognise that outdoor activity is beneficial for both our mental and physical wellbeing by hosting nature therapy projects that everyone can get involved with.
“Being affected by mental health can feel so isolating. You feel away from the world, but here you’re connected. I like the whole cycle of these trees. I enjoy finding neglected trees and putting their fruits to good use” – Clare, Hereford Wildlife Trust community orchard volunteer.
so on that note … pass me my walking boots and camera!!