Nature in Mind
- Nottingham, NG7 6NX
Nature in Mind supports people with mental health problems, and promotes well-being and recovery, through engagement with nature-related activities in Nottingham city.
Nature in Mind has developed as a new service from the experience and evidence gathered through the past four years of Gateway to Nature. Gateway to Nature supported people to overcome barriers that had a negative impact on their lives including confidence, social isolation or health problems. You can read the Gateway to Nature Evaluation July 2014 here.
Nature in Mind provides varied opportunities and activities related to nature in small, supportive groups. Activities include walking in nature, gardening, conservation, wildlife identification, arts and crafts on natural themes and visits to gardens, farms and nature reserves.
The service works closely with other nature-related community groups and supports participants to move on to further volunteering, training and employment.
Evidence shows that spending time in natural and green spaces can:
- reduce stress and anxiety
- reduce levels of depression
- improve physical health
- improve mood and self esteem
- help to reduce the need for medication
- help to overcome isolation and social exclusion
This short film demonstrates the impact Nature in Mind can have on people living with mental health difficulties.
Nature in Mind publishes a new activities programme every two months, which include sessions on the St Ann's Allotment.
The latest activities brochure can be downloaded here:
How to get involved
You can apply to Nature in Mind if you live in Nottingham, are over 18 and have a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety, and would find it difficult to access nature without support.
Doctors and health professionals can also refer patients to a series of taster sessions on the benefits of nature to help them find out more about how this can improve mental well-being.
To take part in Nature in Mind, ask your support worker, health professional or doctor to complete our referral form, or you can complete it yourself if you wish.
Contact Nature in Mind at firstname.lastname@example.org and 0115 970 9591. Or you can download the referral form here:
About the Project
Nature in Mind is a Framework service and is funded by a grant from The Big Lottery. We work closely with GPs and medical practitioners, other community groups, organisations and custodians of green spaces. This allows us to offer a wide range of nature-related opportunities in Nottingham to people who would otherwise struggle to access them. We run successfully thanks to the hard work and commitment of our wonderful volunteers.