3 ways to #ConnectWithNature to support good mental health

By Helena Biggs | 10 May 2021 | Expert Advice, Feature

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The last year has seen us ‘locked down’; nesting inside the same four walls for longer periods of time than any of us have ever known. Many have been isolated at home alone, others in a pressure-cooker style environment with family or friends; both of which can contribute to feelings of angst, loneliness and depression.

This year, the Mental Health Foundation has chosen ‘nature’ as its theme for Mental Health Awareness Week; after millions of us turned to the outdoors for escapism and calm during the long months of the pandemic.

“Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed that going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies, and 45% of us reported that being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health,” comments Mark Rowland, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation.

Mark Rowland, chief executive, Mental Health Foundation

“Websites that showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more. It was as if we were re-discovering at our most fragile point our fundamental human need to connect with nature.”

During 10-16 May, the Mental Health Foundation aims to inspire more people to connect with nature in new ways, noticing the impact that this connection can have for their mental health.

It also hopes to convince decision makers at all levels that access to and quality of nature is a mental health and social justice issue as well as an environmental one.

The Mental Health Foundation shares ways to #ConnectWithNature; an untapped resource for a mentally healthy future…

  1. Experience nature

Take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!

  1. Share nature

Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

  1. Talk about nature

Use the tips, packs research and policy guides available via www.mentalhealth.org.uk to discuss with your family, colleagues and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.”


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