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Nature and mental health

Explains how nature can help your mental health. Gives tips and ideas to try, and suggests where to go for more information.

Mind's services

  • Mind's helplines provide information and support by phone and email.
  • Local Minds offer face-to-face services across England and Wales. These services include talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side is our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Where else could I try?

We've collected together some useful contacts in the following areas:

Gardening, farming and conservation

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
Runs conservation activities and a network of Green Gyms across the UK.

Grow Wild (English) (Welsh)
Kew Gardens outreach initiative that aims to bring people together to enjoy wildflowers and nature.

National Allotment Society
National organisation that upholds the rights and interests of the UK's allotment community.

Royal Horticultural Society
National charity for gardening and plantlife.

Social Farms & Gardens
Information on care farming and community growing projects, including a network of local farms.

Charity that runs gardening projects for people with mental health problems.

Pets and wildlife

Big Butterfly Count
Survey of butterflies in the UK.

Blue Cross
Animal charity that helps sick, injured and homeless pets.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Aims to protect and raise awareness of bumblebees.

Hedgehog Street

01584 890801
Campaigns to help protect hedgehogs.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Animal charity working to prevent cruelty and promote kindness to animals in England and Wales.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Campaigning and conservation projects to protect wildlife and restore habitats.

Places to explore

Canal and River Trust (English) (Welsh)
Looks after canals, rivers and locks in England and Wales.

Forestry England
Works to protect England's woods and forests. Includes a searchable directory.

National Garden Scheme
Lists gardens and walks open to the public across England and Wales.

National Parks UK
Lists national parks across England and Wales.

National Trust
Lists walks and open gardens, parks and estates that you can visit.

Natural Resources Wales (Cyfoeth Naturiol)
Oversees and protects natural sites in Wales.

Woodland Trust
Protects trees and forests in the UK.

Walking, rambling and adventuring

Black Girls Hike
Provides a safe space for Black women to explore the outdoors. Hosts nationwide group hikes, outdoor activity days and training events.

Mind over Mountains
Offers mental health support through organised walking and hiking events in the UK.

Organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs across the UK.

Supports people throughout England and Wales to spend time walking outdoors, through its programmes and community. You can search for wellbeing walks near you.

Wilderness Foundation UK
Offers facilitated courses in wilderness therapy.


Aims to help improve local communities and provides details of volunteering opportunities.

Volunteer by Do IT
Lists UK volunteering opportunities.

The Wildlife Trusts
Organisation made up of local membership groups which care for nature sites.

This information was published in November 2021. We will revise it in 2024.

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