Mental Health Awareness week is approaching and this year we are focussing on Nature!
As the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation explains,
“Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits”.Mark Rowlands, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation
Nature has a unique ability to bring a sense of calm in times of stress, to increase our creativity and sense of wonder. Here in Devon, we are lucky enough to have extraordinary natural beauty almost at our doorstep. Throughout the week, Plug In Devon will publish information about outdoor activities in the county and tips on how to get out of the house and into nature, whether it’s a local park, your balcony, or a forest.
To celebrate mental health awareness week, EDP will share the wonderful work of the Flourish in Nature project. You will hear from participants what getting into nature means to them and how it supported their recovery.
Now, time to put my trainers on…