The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week is “Why Nature”

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Throughout the despair and gloom of the global pandemic, nature has provided the opportunity to reconnect with the world.

People have gone on daily walks in nature, stood in cornfields, listened to birdsong and watched the budding of spring. We have learned to appreciate even more, the value of our green spaces and the calming effect of nature’s designs on our mental wellbeing.

“Why Nature?”

Nature heals, soothes and restores (The Field Clare Cooper Marcus).

Research has demonstrated nature can reduce;

Join this year’s campaign by the Mental Health Foundation, who have lots of resources on their website Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.

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Salford provides a variety of ways to connect with nature, with over 60 parks and green spaces, outdoor gyms, wetlands and the largest garden project in Europe RHS Garden Bridgewater.

Why not become better acquainted with a local park or green space you may not have visited before in Salford. Salford Parks & Green spaces

Visit Salford’s river ways and canals as you enjoy the 50miles /80 kilometres trail which is divided into sections and is accessible by public transport. Salford Trail

Why not take up a challenge? The entire population of Greater Manchester has been challenged to complete the ‘Daily Mile’ GM Daily Mile Toolkit

If you would prefer to up the pace a little, why not take the NHS Couch to 5K running plan, it includes three runs per week over nine weeks with a set of podcasts with exercise tips and fitness guides. NHS Couch to 5K running plan

The mental health challenges of the nation are becoming more apparent as we come out of lockdown. The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector along with Statutory Services have worked in tandem to ensure Salford’s residents receive the right support at the right time. Mental Health & Wellbeing resources in Salford

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation has put together a list of tips for Mental Health Awareness week. Read these Top tips on connecting with nature to improve your mental health and share them with friends, family and groups you work with.

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

If you or anyone you know need any help to get through these tough times – don’t hesitate to call using the free 24/7 helpline: 0800 953 0285

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Author: 
Lesmond Taylor, Health and Social Care Development Worker

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