This past year has been very difficult for all of us and many are feeling the impact of the stress, worry and loneliness in our everyday lives.
Mental Health Awareness Week this year runs from the 10th to the 16th May.
The theme is “Connect With Nature”.
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.
The Feelgood Factory and the Netherton Community Garden are running some activities to help people connect with nature and feel better about themselves.
Monday 10th May—Nature Walk
Meet at 10 a.m. in the Community Garden to enjoy a leisurely walk with others.
Monday 10th May—Guided Tour of the Community Garden
Tuesday 11th May—Mental Health Drop-In
If you are feeling a bit low or worried, why not pop along between noon and 2 p.m. for a relaxed time in the garden? This is a chance to talk with others about the issues you may be experiencing.
Thursday 13th May—Beat Loneliness Afternoon Tea
For more details download the leaflet.