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Looking for people to help design nature-based mental health self-management course

Are you passionate about the ways nature can help people? Do you have personal or direct experience of health & well-being issues? Here is an opportunity to contribute your experience and passion to help others make the connection between nature and health.

Thursday 29th April - 17th June 2021

Every Thursday, 11:00am – 1:00pm. FREE to attend online via Microsoft Teams

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) are inviting people to be involved in the co-production of an online, nature-based, mental health self-management course.

You will be involved in creating an online course that can help support people’s mental health and wellbeing through the natural world, exploring how nature can be important for us to feel healthy and well. We welcome anyone with lived experience of mental health issues, and encourage those from marginalised groups to get in contact. A diverse group of people, representative of the local area is a great way to create something that everyone can feel a part of.

Who is going to be there?

12 people in total, from a variety of life circumstances in the Sedgemoor area of Somerset. This will include 2 representatives from MHF and 2 from WWT.

What will you need?

Access to a device with an active internet connection and a camera and microphone is needed for the sessions. You do not need to have any specific software as Teams can be accessed through the web browser and is completely free.

How do I get involved?

To find out more or to get involved, please email Will Freeman on will.freeman@wwt.org.uk or call on 07920 272054. In order to make sure this is right for you, we ask if you can come to a 30 minute precourse chat online. It is important that everyone involved feels comfortable and included and that the process is appropriate for you. There are options for who you can speak with so do not hesitate to ask more about this.

All experiences and skillsets welcome. Please let us know if you have any extra needs – we are keen to help wherever we can.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to be willing to commit to the sessions, and to listen to different people’s perspectives, but also to share your own experiences and reflect on these where possible.

This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.