The link between nature and mental health
We’re applauding nature as the theme of this year’s mental health awareness week. Research by the Mental Health Foundation shows that more than half of UK adults say that being close to nature improves their mental health and 73% found it helped them manage their mental health during lockdown.
We know how important the river is to help people feel connected to nature with 65% of people saying that spending time by water has a positive effect on their mental health. Whether its walking your dog, going for a stroll or fishing, it provides a place to reflect and observe which is great for keeping your thoughts in the here and now.
That’s why we want the Tyne rivers to be a healthy and biodiverse environment for people and wildlife to thrive. Our volunteering tasks are a great way for people to take part in hands on conservation work in the great outdoors and we’d encourage anyone trying to support good mental health to get involved.
We want a better river, a better region and a better life for all.
Statistics taken from the Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Mental Health Awareness Week 2021’ report.