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Earth Day | Nature and Mental Health

Earth Day is celebrated on 22 April this year.

Environmental organisation WWF-UK and the Mental Health Foundation have created a comprehensive guidebook for mental health.

The free guidebook, ‘Thriving With Nature’, which you can download below, aims to raise awareness and open conversations about mental health issues, while recognising the increasingly important role that nature plays in supporting positive mental wellbeing.

The guidebook explores the relationship between nature, wellbeing and mental health. It features ways nature can help us, how we in turn can help nature, plus activities to maximise the benefits we get from the nature on our doorstep, such as stargazing and tips to grow your own food.

Multiple research studies have found a link between access to green space and a reduced risk of mental health problems, improved mood, and increased life satisfaction. Other benefits of nature include reduced stress, increased physical activity, and better physical health. Interactions with nature can start at home – from planting window boxes to introducing houseplants.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the lives of people across the globe. Recent months have shown a growing appreciation for nature among the public, and it’s now more important than ever for everyone to enjoy the remarkable mental health benefits of connecting with nature.

Source: WWF and the Mental Health Foundation publish mental health support guide | Mental Health Foundation

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