Engagement with nature through outdoor activities can have a significant positive impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing. Natural environments such as woodland areas are restorative, can reduce stress, feelings of tension, anger, confusion and depression, and aid recovery from stressful events. There is strong evidence documenting the positive relationship between physical activity and physical, mental, and social health.
Walking is the most natural form of physical activity that is accessible to all, regardless of fitness level. Walking has both preventive and treatment effects on mental health outcomes including depression, anxiety, and psychological stress. With 66% of the adult population walking for recreation at least once a week, prescribing a walking in the woodlands can be effective for all.
Woodlands for Health offers a recovery focused eco-therapy programme which complements traditional mental health treatment. It involves social inclusion of people who experience mental health difficulties. The concept of the programme is simple, taking a walk in a ‘green space’ such as a local park or woodland area.
Please contact Liam Cantwell @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 0872562580 for more information or to register your interest.