This week marks Mental Health Awareness week. The events of the past 2 years have changed our lives dramatically, so now more than ever MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS.
The focus this year is on connecting with nature and the remarkable impact it can have on improving our mental health and wellbeing.
Here at the Amore Group, we provide person-centred care packages to clients with a diverse range of complex needs including to those requiring mental health support. For someone living with a disability the importance of connecting with nature and the positive impact this can have on their health and wellbeing is even more prevalent. So, we make it our priority to come up with innovative creative ways to ensure our clients, who may have limited mobility, can still access and enjoy the great outdoors.
Research has shown an important correlation between the great outdoors and staying active and the positive effect this can have on both our physical and mental health.
Our director, Gareth Potsig, has been doing just that. As part of training for the London Marathon in October where he will be raising money for Thrombosis UK, Gareth took part in Run Aintree last weekend completing a half marathon in 1 hour 41 minutes – achieving a brand new PB whilst raising money for the British Heart Foundation.
But, we do not have to run a half marathon to feel the benefits of staying active. Just five minutes in the great outdoors has been found to improve our mental health and wellbeing.
So why not look out the window, take a walk in the park, or go running in a green space. For more tips, WWF and the Mental Health Foundation have come together to produce a guide on #thrivingwithnature which we definitely recommend a read! To download the guide please visit https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/thriving-with-nature/guide.