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Getting into nature to support your mental health

11 May 2021

It’s mental health awareness week and this year the theme is nature.


Nature has many benefits for your mental health including reducing anxiety, improving creativity, increasing focus and reducing blood pressure.

To inspire you to connect with nature and support your own mental health, we’ve pulled together some suggestions for things you could try this week, or in the near future.

Enjoy Derbyshire’s countryside sites

We manage a wonderful variety of sites and facilities, ranging from local footpaths to national trails, large country parks to small picnic sites, from amenity grasslands to flower-rich hay meadows, from reservoirs to ponds, to canals, wetlands and woodlands. 

From our cycle hire centre at Middleton Top you can explore the High Peak trail and the beautiful Derbyshire Dales. We have a range of cycles including, tandems, towing buggies and cycles for disabled people. Use the voucher in the Countryside Destinations and Events guide to get a £5 discount when hiring two or more bikes.

Help the environment

Go on a litter pick in your local area or help wildlife by hanging a bird feeder, building a bug hotel or planting bee friendly flowers.

Bring nature inside

Buy flowers and plants for your home or display photos of your favourite places in nature. You could also listen to natural sounds such as birdsong, ocean waves or rainfall.

Take part in nature related learning with Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service (DACES)

DACES are offering all Learning for Leisure courses for free this summer and that includes a range of courses related to nature, such as environmental awareness courses, adventures of a dry stone waller and botanical art – summer flowers with impact  There are also a number of Bright Side courses to specifically to support mental health. Places are limited and very popular so book soon through Eventbrite

See our wellbeing information if you’d like to find out more about support services for mental health in a crisis or if you need someone to talk to.