Mental Health Directory
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Ecotherapy is about building a relationship with nature and with yourself...
Ecotherapy is the name given to a wide range of programmes that aim to promote good mental and physical wellbeing through outdoor activity in a green environment.
Being able to connect with nature has positive mental health benefits. It has been shown that being more active in green environments can boost our mood and self-esteem far more than simple exercising alone.
Ecotherapy programmes can take place in rural and urban settings, such as parks, gardens, farms and woodlands. They can include activities:
For many people, ecotherpay can be used to help existing mental health projects or as a preventative measure. For some, it has been beneficial in preventing the onset of mental ill-health, e.g. an episode of depression. It can be used alongside other treatments, such as talking therapies or medication - or on its own.
Kensington and Chelsea Mind’s EcoMind's programme runs three ecotherapy projects:
We also offer “green” work opportunities:
We also have opportunities for arts and crafts and wellness actives such as Wellness Recovery Action Planning and workshops on staying well. Sessions are run by a trained horticulture leader and supported by peer volunteers.