The Blue Prescribing Project is set up to improve health by exploiting the link between people and nature.
This is a wetland health programme, specifically co-designed and delivered by the Mental Health Foundation and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, to promote a range of mental and physical health benefits through organised wetland nature engagement at the London Wetland Centre and a self-management course.
The purpose of the project
The purpose of this project is to improve mental health by enabling more access to those that need natural blue and green spaces using a nature-based self-management programme in London.
The Blue Prescribing Project is for...
The programme works by...
Delivering a peer support setting where people learn to self-manage their mental health and engage in activities around wildlife, to improve participants' self-confidence, overall mental health and development of social connections.
The programme runs for six weeks as a self-management course, where each week aims to build on the previous one. Participants are expected to split their time between an online or face-to-face learning community and attending in-person nature-based activities at the London Wetland Centre.
Nina - Blue Prescribing Project participant
I think it is a different kind of programme, my self-dignity as a human being was restored. My self-confidence and self-belief were given back to me. My intuition was re-awakened.
Case study: Nina
She was referred to the Blue Prescribing Project as she enjoys being in nature but had said that she needs to connect with others in a peer support setting.
Nina has talked about the Blue Prescribing Project and the skills she has got since the start of the programme:
It gets better on the Blue Prescribing course, as just in the second week, I was able to learn that triggers are not necessarily a bad thing, but an indication of a need to look at why I feel discomfort about what is coming up for me, and from identifying why, I am then able to deal with it than letting it just trigger and upset me.
Now, anytime a trigger shows up, I don’t let it shape my mood, I don’t run from it, like in the past where I buried my head in the sand and allowed it to change my mood and actions for as long as it went on for.
To be eligible for this programme, participants must be from one of the following at-risk groups: vulnerable single parents, people with long-term health conditions, vulnerable diverse groups or people recovering from long COVID-19.
Anyone eligible can self-refer by sending an email to [email protected] . Social prescribing agencies, link workers, community groups and voluntary organisations can also refer participants via email.
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