May 13 2019

Looking after your Mental Health

Looking after your Mental Health


It’s Mental Health Awareness Week from 13-19 May 2019, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.


Poor mental health can be an issue for people of any age and background. It can take many forms and be difficult for others to spot. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem such as anxiety of depression.

The good news is that there are ways to maintain your mental health and wellbeing… and being a Woodland Trust volunteer is one such technique!



Volunteering is a great way to do something for others and research shows that it benefits people of all ages through increasing feelings of self-esteem, respect, motivation and wellbeing.


 “it’s better to give than to receive..”


If you volunteer to give your time and energy to do something you enjoy for a cause you believe in – it makes you feel good!

  • So if you are an Observatree volunteer, tracking down tree disease to help protect out woodlands for future generations, you know you are helping others and this can distract you from your own problems.
  • If you are part of a woodland working group, the social interactions and physical activity are a great combination to reduce isolation and get the endorphins flowing.
  • If you are a woodland warden you know that you are helping maintain a beautiful green space for those in your community to enjoy – true altruism providing others with a powerful natural resource.

Finding time to do good deeds can help reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and even benefit your physical health.

Find out more here.



As a woodland enthusiast you probably enjoy getting outside. Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, observing the changing seasons, exercising outdoors or watching woodland creatures can have lots of positive effects. It can:

Find out more here.


For other ideas on how to get the maximum benefit for you mental health outdoors – check out these ideas. 


An opportunity for health practitioners and forest leaders.


Woodland Mindfulness, Llandudno


During September, we are running training for mindfulness in woodlands through meditation, foraging and diverse wildlife connectivity for health professionals and social foresters. Our own guided walk leader volunteers might be interested in this training course.

If you know any health practitioners or woodland activity leaders who might be interested signpost them to:

Nature Therapist and Counsellor Lea Kendall will lead a series of four sessions throughout September.

9.30am – 1.30pm
£140 per person: 4 sessions @ £35 per session



Set in Marl Hall Woods – once the grounds of a convalescent home – held beneath hazel, oak and beech trees, professionals can experience the following:

9 Sept – Week 1 : Introduction – Awakening the senses through Mindfulness in woodlands
16 Sept – Week 2: Delving deeper – Awareness within and without
23 Sept – Week 3: Gathering in – Concoctions to aid convalescence
30 Sept – Week 4: Reaching out – Responsibility for self, others, woodlands and wildlife

There is an opportunity for 1:1 session with Lea each week to review and apply learning.

Spaces are limited, so book early to secure your place.

The reduced cost for this event has been subsidized by People’s Post Code Lottery.



Even if you can’t make this training course for professionals you can find out more about mindfulness.

Mindfulness means paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.

Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life.

Check out this NHS page.


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