Taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. [1]

In England, it is estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience a 'significant' mental health problem. The report 'A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care' was commissioned by Natural England from the University of Essex and mental health charity Mind.

The report presents evidence that shows taking part in nature-based activities projects is making a difference to people’s lives and bring a range of positive benefits for those with existing mental ill health, including a reduction in depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms, and an improvement in dementia-related symptoms.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Check out our blog and vlog posts on 10 ways to get outdoors and be happy to find ideas of how you can easily access nature and improve your wellbeing.

[1]  Natural England Report - A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care (2016)

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