Heads Up 15 July 2022


How connecting with nature benefits our mental health.

Nature is an important need for many and vital in keeping us emotionally, psychologically and physically healthy. When it comes to mental health benefits, nature has a very wide definition. It can mean green spaces such as parks, woodland or forests as well as blue spaces like rivers, wetlands, beaches or canals.

Research at the Mental Health Foundation has shown that spending time outdoors has been one of the key factors enabling people to cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, nearly half (45%) of people in the UK report that they were visiting green spaces, such as parks, helped them to cope. It found that people visiting and noticing nature in particular was important in supporting their wellbeing.

This is a really important point, as it helps us to understand that a connection with nature helps unlock the mental health benefits – and it also gives us essential clues on how to maximise these benefits for our wellbeing.

You can read the report here


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