EASED lockdown restrictions have allowed a Helensburgh psychological well being charity to reintroduce a few of its a lot wanted providers.
With lockdown restrictions over the previous yr brining an actual problem for a lot of each mentally and bodily, it’s now extra vital than ever for folks to maintain themselves.
Latest Scottish Authorities figures have revealed that one in 4 folks in Scotland are estimated to be affected by psychological well being issues.
Operating from Might 10-16, and hosted by the Psychological Well being Basis, Psychological Well being Consciousness Week goals to raises consciousness of how folks can take care of their psychological well being.
And Jean’s Bothy, which offers psychological well being help to the Helensburgh and Lomond group, is celebrating the particular week by encouraging folks to get into the outside once more and go for a stroll.
Katrina Sayer, growth supervisor on the charity, stated: “The psychological well being of us all has been challenged over the past yr and it appears fully acceptable that the theme for Psychological Well being Consciousness Week is nature as through the strictest lockdowns, the one factor we had been all allowed to do was go for a stroll.
“We now have proper on our doorstep probably the most lovely landscapes and pure areas to take pleasure in.
“With restrictions easing at Jean’s Bothy we’ve got been capable of reintroduce our weekly strolling group and for the final 5 weeks have labored in partnership with Albatross Arts to ship Strolling Workshops, giving our members the chance to actually respect nature throughout us.
“This week we’re actually excited to launch our “lunchtime walks” with Jean’s Bothy. This may present a possibility for any of our members to show up at Hermitage Park for a 30 minute stroll.
“Protecting it quite simple you simply flip up for a fast chat and stroll – an opportunity for many who work to get away from their desk; for these on the lookout for some firm, a pleasant face, and to breathe in some contemporary air.
“Connecting with others is so vital for our psychological well being; what higher approach to do this than becoming a member of our lunchtime walks?”
Simon Jones, director of atmosphere and customer providers at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Nationwide Park Authority stated: “The Nationwide Park offers us with so many advantages and everybody who visits, lives and works right here has their very own private connection to this particular place.
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“What we’re seeing is that these connections, and notably the psychological well being advantages, are being felt much more strongly after a yr of restrictions.
“Individuals having fun with and connecting to nature is one thing to be welcomed and supported and in doing so we are able to additionally encourage folks to understand what the Nationwide Park provides us all, and the methods we are able to every give again. That may be so simple as ensuring you’re following the suitable security recommendation, notably round chilly water, taking the whole lot away with you after a go to, selecting sustainable transport or displaying consideration for different folks whilst you’re right here.
“Nonetheless we every select to do it, figuring out we’re giving again to this particular place can have an excellent higher optimistic influence on our wellbeing.”
For extra info on the Hermitage Park stroll or to turn out to be a Jean’s Bothy member, seek for ‘Jean’s Bothy, Helensburgh’ on Fb.