Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

At Shift we regularly hear stories about people whose mental health has had a boost from physical activity. Add nature into the mix, as is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and it becomes an even more powerful tool.

Across the week we’ll be sharing stories which show the impact a combination of nature and physical activity can have on mental health. You can find links to them all below.

Well for Winter gets a spring spruce up

As it’s been a while since we did our Well for Winter plans, we decided this week was a good excuse to revisit them. We’ve all given them an update with a focus on our mental health and being outdoors. If you’d like to update yours, you can find a revamped version of the plan here. For inspiration, you can find some of the plans the Shift team have done below.

Lucy’s personal plan
Linda’s personal plan
Andrea’s personal plan
Jennie’s personal plan

Forest Schools boost for mental health

Back in 2018 we had the pleasure of working with Sarah Bennett, a local mum from Bolsover with a passion for introducing children to the great outdoors.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we caught up with her to see how her passion has blossomed into a thriving forest school which is building confidence, friendships and a love for nature.

Read the full story and watch a brilliant video created by a 12-year-old forest school pupil here

Physical activity as a treatment for mental health

Back in the good old days when we could bring people together for events like #runwalktalk in lovely green spaces such as Markeaton Park, we spoke to Professor Subodh Dave from Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust about physical activity and mental health.

You can watch the series of three short videos here

The feel good side of litter picking 

All over Derbyshire, people are mobilising in communities to make their local areas cleaner, happier places to be. We spoke to some of them to hear how it’s boosting their confidence, giving them purpose and keeping them active.

You can read the story here

Feel good and grow in nature

In a guest blog Claire Teeling from Grow Outside CIC explains what we can do to make the most of nature.

Read it here.

Run for the birds and trees

When the winter lockdown hit, Andy Brooks from Peak Running came up with a challenge that would not only motivate people to continue getting out there but would also benefit the environment.

Run for the Trees raised money for the The National Forest with more miles run equalling more trees planted. It’s now been followed up for Run for the Birds, raising money for the Peak District National Park.

This below video shows just how much the challenge helped those who took part during the tough times of the pandemic.

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