Connect With Nature This Mental Health Awareness Week – Monday 10 – Sunday 16 May 2021
Nature provides many ecosystem services from beavers purifying water to bees providing us with food, but what is sometimes overlooked is what nature provides for our mental health. Numerous studies have shown that human well-being is linked to the natural world in a myriad of ways, one study even found that by exposing participants to nature images and sounds in a laboratory produced physiological benefits (Ulrich et al., 1991), so imagine the benefits when you’re actually in nature. Our current lifestyle is geared towards reduced nature connectedness with urban living and decreased access to green spaces moving us further from the natural world, so this week we want to change this.
From the 10th to the 16th of May we will be celebrating how nature protects our mental health for Mental Health Awareness week. We want to inspire people to find new ways to connect with nature, whilst noticing the physiological benefits of this, and cause a lasting change which can continue beyond the 16th of May.
Over the week we will be looking at how you can connect to nature through various fun activities. These will include a daily walk using our Mammal Mapper app to spot mammals in your local area, a mammal step by step draw along from a budding artist, an Instagram takeover from an upcoming mammal photographer and a step by step cupcake bake along of a surprise mammal. We’ll have a few more activities for you to get involved in during the week, so keep an eye on our social media accounts.
We believe that everything can be influenced by nature and that the benefits are incomparable, and so no matter how small we ask you to join us and #ConnectWithNature from the 10th to the 16th of May.
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