As it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we have been looking at the mental health benefits of spending time in nature. However, nature is not accessible to everyone. 

People who live in deprived communities are a lot less likely to live near very high-quality natural areas. Another group of people who had less access to nature than they would like to are those who live in urban areas. This potentially means that they’re unable to reap the mental health benefits that nature offers. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

People who have a health condition or disability can face barriers when trying to access natural spaces. There might be few accessible routes if any at all. Other groups such as ethnic minorities, young people, and women might not feel safe in green spaces. This is because they could feel at risk from discrimination, or sexual or physical harm or harassment. Unfortunately, it is these groups who are more likely to suffer from mental health conditions. 

Yesterday’s blog post reminded us that we can bring nature into our home. 

If you find it hard to access green areas, you could consider bringing nature into your home. Having a few plants in your home is a great way to stay in touch with nature. You can even grow herbs, should you wish to. 

If you have a balcony, a garden, or even an allotment, consider growing fruits, vegetables, plants, or flowers. You might also want to consider getting a bird feeder so you can enjoy watching the birds eat what you put out for them.”

Whether you’re looking for mental health support in Barlby or surrounding areas, knowing that nature can help you can make you feel better. Go for a walk somewhere green or bring nature into your home so that you can reap the benefits. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk