Step into Nature for Mental Health Awareness Week
Published: 4 May 2021
Next week it’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year, the theme is Connect with Nature. Bringing the outdoors into our everyday lives benefits our physical and mental wellbeing, so why not join us for ‘Step into Nature’ - a week of free community events taking place from 10-14 May.
Spending time outdoors, whether that be gardening, relaxing or enjoying some of your favourite hobbies can be hugely beneficial for your mental health.
We’re hosting a week of activities, all taking place outdoors at our community garden, Grow Speke, alongside our training and support providers, Transform Lives Company (TLC) and Blackburne House.
Join TLC as they introduce you to their Positive Moveology course, focusing on moving more and feeling better. There are three yoga sessions that you can sign up to join:
Social Media Detox
Social media can have a big impact on our mental health and TLC will be explaining the benefits of a digital detox in this session. You will explore the negative effects associated with excessive social media exposure and be shown practical ways to get some control over your online life.
Time: 12noon - 1pm
Grow Speke Book Exchange
Join us and share your passion for reading with Grow Speke’s book exchange. Pick up a new book to read and bring along any you would like to donate.
We welcome all books for donation – fact, fiction, autobiographies and children's books. Plus, you don’t need to bring a book to take one home with you.
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Practice Mindfulness with Blackburne House
Discover mindfulness techniques for everyday living and how it’s the perfect way to connect with nature. Hosted by Blackburne House, a leading education centre for women, this session is open to women only.
Sue Wilkinson from Blackburne House will talk about the health benefits of being in nature, which not only make us feel better emotionally but contributes to our physical wellbeing too.
Time: 10am - 12noon
Dot Art Workshop
Managing Director of dot-art gallery Lucy Byrne will be on site to host a sketching class for everyone to attend. The class is for mixed abilities.
Lucy explains about the class: “It’s a fantastic way to lose yourself in the moment. The act of drawing is all about taking the time to notice and be absorbed in the marvel of our natural world. The workshop will take you through different drawing skills and techniques.”
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Creative Writing Workshop
Come along to our creative writing workshop with local poet, Mary Olive. The workshop is for select groups across our communities who are at risk of marginalisation; women, non-binary and transgender people.
The aim of the session is to use nature to make art accessible to select underrepresented and underdeveloped groups.
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Beekeeping for Beginners
Grow Speke has its very own apiary on site with 13 hives. Join us on site to learn about how to care for bees, the equipment needed and take home a jar of Let it Bee honey!
Time: 1pm- 2pm
Coffee and Chat
This session is currently full due to limited numbers being able to attend. However, if you would like to join a future coffee & chat session, get in touch.
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Come along and talk all things music. Music brings people together and we’d love to hear what your desert island discs would be and your memories of those songs. We have speakers ready to go, we just need your suggestions!
Time: 1pm –3pm
How to book
To book any of these sessions, email email@example.com.
To align with coronavirus restrictions, we have a maximum of five places per session. If you attend a morning session and would like to attend an afternoon session, you will need to book a place on both. There is a maximum of two sessions per person, to allow space for everyone to attend.
Mental health matters
Getting out and about and meeting new people can have a positive impact on your mental health. We have a range of ways you get involved with SLH and your community.
If you’re not quite ready to get involved but would like to have a chat, either over the phone or in person, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take it from there.