Connect with nature this Mental Health Awareness Week

Being in and around nature can be great for our wellbeing, which is why this Mental Health Awareness Week (10th – 16th of May) we are encouraging everyone to connect with nature. What better way than to get out and enjoy orienteering? We are in a prime position to support and promote the benefits of connecting with nature and the outdoors as a sport for our own wellbeing and that of our communities.

So connect with nature this week, embrace the benefits on your wellbeing and send us some of your favourite images while orienteering for us to share this week.

Research shows that contact with nature can provide multiple health and wellbeing benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety; and increased mood, self-esteem, and resilience. Over the past year, most of us have had to spend more time that usual indoors – which is why it’s more important than ever that we make space for fresh air and nature. With so many clubs #restartingoursport through events, coaching and club activities there is no better time to re-engage with orienteering locally.

Throughout the week, our partners in Mental Health awareness and support, SAMH will be be sharing resources and stories on their social media accounts. Why not give them a follow? If you aren’t already following SAMH here is where to find them on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

We are proud signatories on Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport and want to ensure all our members feel supported with their mental health, especially after the last 14 months. Join us in sharing and celebrating #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.