Mental Health has been the Cinderella of health issues for too long. Those struggling face inequalities just as powerful as race, gender, disability sexual orientation, age and class.
It is time to add your voice to raise the profile of mental health issues. World Mental Health Day is on 10 October and South Kent Mind needs you to have conversations with friends, with family, or raise wellbeing at a meeting at work – #DoOneThing and help us to raise the profile of this vital issue.
We’ll be marking World Mental Health Day through various nature-themed wellbeing activities including a trip to Goodnestone Park where we’ll be exploring nature, finding out about volunteering opportunities, benefitting from being outdoors.
Our Coming out of Covid sessions on Monday 11 October and Wednesday 13 October sees us reconnecting with nature where we’ll be planting spring bulbs to mark World Mental Health Day and having discussions about the positive effects of nature on mental health. Friendly and informal, these sessions aim to help build confidence and support us to reconnect with another.
Our art sessions during the week leading up to World Mental Health Day will focus on nature-themed activities including mindfulness and stillness in nature and creating balancing pebble images.
Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. It can:
improve your mood
help you take time out and feel more relaxed
improve your physical health
improve your confidence and self-esteem
help you be more active
help you make new connections
provide peer support.
“Nurturing something else into life has really helped my wellbeing – gently caring for something helped me learn to care for myself.”Mind Charity
Discover other ideas to try in nature.
If you’re a registered member of South Kent Mind and would like to join us on any of our activities / workshops / trips, please contact the team at email@example.com or phone 01303 250090.
All of our activities / workshops / trips are open to registered members of South Kent Mind only. If you are not a registered member and you need mental health support, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01303 250090 to discuss referring into the service. Once you are registered with South Kent Mind and have completed your referral, you will be able to participate in our activities. You can view the South Kent Mind activity calendar here.