Most of us see nature as important in our own lives. Taking a
break, or having a holiday often means being in nature: being by or
in water, walking or gardening.
There is increasing evidence that engaging with nature can not
only help people relax from the stresses and strains of everyday
life, it can also help reduce mental health symptoms across a range
Based on this evidence, we encourage those with mental health
issues, where appropriate, to engage more directly with
These groups or activities are sustainable because they are
usually cheap to run, have low environmental impacts and are
socially inclusive. This evidence is outlined in a wide range of
The Green Care lead on our Sustainability Committee, Dr Alan
Kellas, was recently
interviewed on Radio 4. Dr Kellas was also interviewed for the
November edition of Insight magazine.
Recently, a model has been devised of how
different people at different times can engage with nature to
improve their health.