Naturally Connected -
Network for Mental Wellbeing

Friday 28 April 2017

9.30am - 3.30pm

Playfield Institute



“We all have one thing in common: we are part of the natural world. No matter what our nationality is, what we do for a living, what our interests or beliefs are, we share the same natural home”

 

Introduction

Naturally Connected is a networking opportunity for those who are interested in nature focused mental wellbeing work.
 
There are many organisations and individuals across Scotland who are already engaged in work that connects nature with wellbeing and mental health. The aim of this event is to bring these people together to create a network that facilitates the sharing of experiences and knowledge, as well as supporting future collaborative work.
 
We will look at the evidence for using nature connection to improve mental wellbeing, share good practice and successes, identify needs and explore nature based activities. Participants will have the opportunity to develop connections with other individuals and organisations interested in promoting nature connections and mental wellbeing, with the view of developing this work together in future.

 

Background

There is growing evidence in the scientific literature that connecting with nature is good for our mental health and wellbeing. In addition, using nature in combination with other therapies has been shown to enhance their effectiveness in improving mental health. Nature connection work is also beneficial for workers as demonstrated by reducing stress and burnout in those working in caring professions.

 

Activities will include:

Presentation About Nature Based Mental Wellbeing Work
Experiences of Participants
Networking Opportunities
Exploration of Needs and Future Visions
Nature Based Activities

 

Who should attend?

Those working within a caring capacity
Those working in and/or with nature
Those working in health promotion
Those who have wish to develop collaborative relationships between individuals and organisations to develop nature connections and nature based activities that promote mental health and wellbeing
Individuals do not need to be from a clinical or NHS background; this event aims to connect those from different backgrounds to enable collaborative working and promotion of individual skills and knowledge bases.

 

Practical information

There is no cost for attending this event.
Lunch will be provided.
   
  Please note: we will spend part of the day outside, so please come dressed accordingly.
   
   
  For questions please contact: Julia.Neufeind@nhs.net