Nature and mental health

Research shows that nature is vital for our psychological and emotional health.

As human beings, we have a fundamental need to connect with nature. 

Learn more about the powerful benefits of nature for our mental health, be inspired to connect with nature in new ways, and influence those around you that access to and quality of nature is essential for all.

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Top tips on connecting with nature to improve your mental health

Research shows the role nature can play in protecting and supporting our mental health. Read our tips on how you can build your own connection with nature and simple ways to bring nature into your everyday.

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How connecting with nature benefits our mental health - England & Wales

This report provides a summary of the evidence of how and why our relationship with nature is so important and beneficial to our mental health, highlights the unequal access to nature’s benefits for specific groups and the steps needed to address that inequality.

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How connecting with nature benefits our mental health - Scotland

Our relationship with nature – how much we notice, think about and appreciate our natural surroundings – is a critical factor in supporting good mental health and preventing distress.

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Nature journal

A journal where you can keep track of how you feel before and after connecting with nature.

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Mental Health and Policy Briefing for England

Detailed policy recommendations for England on the issue of mental health and nature.

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Mental Health and Policy Briefing for Wales

Detailed policy recommendations for Wales on the issue of mental health and nature.

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Why nature was the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

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