Living Well Consortium’s members – Spring to Life CIC and The Springfield Project – have joined forces with Birmingham Museums Trust and the Heart of England Forest to launch a series of Mental Health Awareness Week Wellbeing Walks.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May 2021) is themed around ‘nature and environment’, following evidence from the Mental Health Foundation’s ongoing research into the coronavirus pandemic, which found that access to nature has been one of the main ways people have supported their mental health during lockdowns. Now, with restrictions lifting, Living Well UK is keen to ensure that people still remember – and make the most of – the wellbeing benefits that getting outdoors can have.
Working with Birmingham Museums Trust, whose successful Walk Birmingham book debuted in 2019, and the charity creating and conserving England’s largest new native broadleaf woodland, the Heart of England Forest, Living Well Consortium members, Spring to Life CIC and The Springfield Project, have recorded guided meditations, specifically to be enjoyed on nature walks, for its Mental Health Awareness Week Wellbeing Walks series.
Here are the guided meditations to download and enjoy by Spring to Life CIC and The Springfield Project. Focusing on breathing and mindfulness, the guided meditations make the perfect walking companion for those looking to explore nature.
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Here are the four walks to try, thanks to Birmingham Museums Trust and the Heart of England Forest too. All the routes picked out by are easy enough for beginners to enjoy, but also have lots to see and discover to keep even the most well-versed walkers interested. What’s more, one of the Heart of England Forest’s included routes – the Morgrove Coppice trail – is fully accessible, specially designed to be suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and people with limited mobility.
Simply click the banner of the walk you’d like to view:
So, what are you waiting for? Dust off your trainers, grab your headphones, and head out on a Mental Health Awareness Week Wellbeing Walk (or two!).