Mental Health Awareness – Why Nature is the theme

The Mental Health Awareness Week is about raising awareness of how being in and connecting with nature is an integral part of our wellbeing. This year’s theme is nature, but in reality, nature should be the theme every year!

People living in cities and the suburbs have some of the highest levels of mental health issues and yet what I’ve found is that very few explore our magnificent woodlands, forests and countryside to help themselves.

Do yourself a favour this Mental Health Awareness Week, find a local woodland or forest and go spend some time exploring. Do someone else an even bigger favour this Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond, take them into nature with you!

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Basic packing list…

  • Cash / Credit Card

  • Spare change in coins

  • Pen / Notebook (if you like to take notes)

  • Camera / Phone (great picture opportunities)

  • Layered clothing (stay away from cotton in winter)

  • Spare change of clothes (in winter & in case they get wet!)

  • Or bring waterproof jacket / trouser

  • Change of shoes (don’t want a muddy car!)

  • Sunglasses

  • Bottle of water or hydration pack (must keep hydrated)

  • Picnic / Food / Snacks

  • First aid kit

  • Tick remover

  • A day pack to carry everything (or hydration pack)

  • Bring the dog and the family too!