We know life is not always easy. Exam pressure, friend groups, family, bullying, cyber bullying and sexuality can all cause worry and stress. And, you are the first generations to experience 24/7 pressure from social media. It’s tough.
But you are not alone, rates of anxiety and depression in young people have doubled since the 1980’s and are still growing.
If you are aged 13 to 25, feel on edge and would like some support, or maybe you have finished medical intervention but would like further support, then we would like to help you.
How nature can help . . .
We have done our research and there is growing evidence that being outside in nature really does help wellbeing in a number of ways by:
- providing relaxation and stress alleviation
- reducing the symptoms of depression
- benefitting your immune system
- promoting social interaction and inclusion
- improving physical health
The UK government also recognises that spending time in the natural world can improve mental health and wellbeing, and has plans to launch a programme in 2020 that connects people to nature-based activities, using organisations like us to help.
No ‘tree hugging’ involved but we would encourage you to notice what is going on in green spaces, even in towns and cities. We might also get you involved in conservation tasks, growing fruit and vegetables, foraging and cooking food outside, photographing wildlife, and other activities. You will learn new skills, and maybe even be inspired to pursue a new interest, studies or career.
How creative activities can help . . .
Here too is a growing body of evidence that creativity and the arts can make a significant difference to people’s health and wellbeing:
- helps stabilise mental health and wellbeing
- enhances positive mood
- a positive mood leads to increased levels of mental flexibility, leading to changes in the way you think
- helps with the transition to adulthood
The UK Government believes the arts should be part of a locally organised young people’s mental health progression.
Definitely no artistic flare needed, just be honest and draw from your soul (stick men, symbols, speech bubbles – they are all good). Hard to believe we know, but art can help you make sense of things and understand yourself better. It can help you resolve complicated feelings, or find ways to live with them. It is another way to communicate and express yourself, in a way that you might find hard to put into words.
Talk to us to learn more.
Look deep, deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.