It has been proven that getting outside, into green spaces, forests and generally amongst nature, can help relieve us of stress, mild anxiety, fatigue and low mood. The act of getting outdoors to treat these conditions is called ecotherapy.
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An Introduction to Mental Wellbeing
Each year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem of some kind. Anyone can suffer from mental health problems, some groups are more likely than others and COVID-19 has fuelled an increase in people suffering from mental health related illnesses.
Poor mental health is nothing to be ashamed of, nor should it be something you keep from others. It's important to speak out if you're feeling down - never bottle up your feelings.
Keep calm and carry on camping: the benefits of an outdoor holiday
Is it time to switch off, in various meanings of the phrase, and discover the great outdoors? There's much evidence to suggest that taking a break in natural surrounding on a camping holiday can have a positive impact on mental health...
Where to get help & advice
Each of the four devolved administrations within the UK have their own systems and websites offering help, advice and information, if and when you need it. You can call your GP if you would like to discuss any struggles or concerns. If you live outside of the UK, contact your local health clinic.
Call 111 for non-urgent advice from a NHS medical advisor.
Visit 111.nhs.uk and use the online help tool.
Call 116 123 or visit samaritans.org.
Read our Let's talk about: Getting help blog article for more charities and organisations that can offer help, advice, therapy or, perhaps, just a distraction.
We all have mental health, we have to look after it just as we do our physical health
Bad mental health can affect our feelings, behaviour, thoughts and rationality. And it's not just you, 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health issues in any given year.
Hear from actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry, GBBO's Nadiya Hussain, Years & Years lead vocalist Olly Alexander and others about their struggles with mental health.
Have you struggled with mental health in the past and want to share your story to help others? Visit rethink.org to share your experience. Your story could help someone struggling with a mental health issue come forward and get the help they need.
Let's talk about...
Read our Let's talk about blog series to find out more about ecotherapy, our senses and their role in helping to lift our mood, our world and how different cultures view mental health and how and where to get help if you need it.
The five senses all play a part in lifting our mood and helping us feel more relaxed. Seeing the natural world, listening to the sounds of the countryside, touching plants and animals, breathing in fresh air and tasting, a lot of what we eat comes from nature.
Different cultures approach and treat mental health issues in different ways but stigma is still the number one reason why, in many cultures, people don't speak out.
Recognising you have a mental health problem and seeking help is the best thing you can do but it can be a difficult journey. Reaching out to the right people can make it a lot easier.
Mindfulness is more than just a buzzword. It is a proven method and technique for taking care of yourself when life gets a little busy and stressful.
Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in demand for spa treatments. With the stresses and demands of modern living, how pleasant to indulge in some well deserved ‘me-time’ to help you unwind.
As children we were always being told that getting out in the fresh air is good for us. It’s something we assume to be true without questioning why. But does being outdoors really benefit us?