In a previous blog, I made the case for a natural health service for mental health in the UK; the quote here is from Mind’s Head of Community Programmes and Grants, Gavin Atkins. It shows that the role of nature is starting to be taken seriously, and more importantly, gain credibility within the health sector.
If evidence were needed to demonstrate the power of nature every day, then you could do a lot worse than look at the reaction and comment created by a simple Facebook post that asked people to share why wildlife and wild places mattered to them – here are just 3 of many:
“I get anxiety quite bad, and I can honestly say nature is the best thing to help me”
“My son has autism, ADHD and anxiety and he is only 9 but being out in nature and looking for bugs or (looking) at the animals is the best therapy. It turns a stressed out and anxious boy into a calm and relaxed child. It's our therapy xx”
“I volunteer with The Wildlife Trust and other places to spend meaningful time outside, learning about, (and) helping to conserve, and enjoying our wild spaces. Taking care of our mental health is as important as any other aspect of our health and being outside in the fresh air, amongst nature, exploring and being active, provides really powerful healing for everyone”