Professional Training

Using Nature as a Resource to Support Mental Health

This training is aimed at those working directly with mental health, such as occupational therapists, counsellors and other health professionals but also education and outdoors practitioners such as rangers, teachers and guides. The increased benefit of joining sectoral experiences together has proven to be extremely worthwhile. 

Research has clearly shown that combining physical activity, social contact and nature really helps improve mental wellbeing.  Our experiences of working with people with poor mental health have helped us to understand some of the best ways to set up positive experiences. This training focuses on how to create a safe place, the science behind nature connection and ways to deliver for maximum benefit.

The training comes in two sections:

  1. An online, interactive 3 hour session talking through the principles, science and practicalities of taking both groups and individuals outdoors into nature to support their mental health.
  2. A full day in local wild space such as a park, nature reserve or community woodlands. This section is hands on, offering various skills, techniques and practices for a range of abilities and participants. Including use of fire, shelters, games, exercises and more, all with an emphasis on theory and application.

The practical topics are covered very briefly to give a broad overview  of aspects and practicalities available. Bespoke trainings can be arranged to go into more depth around particular aspects such as fire safety, campfire-cookery, tool use, practical shelter use (e.g. tarps, tents, and natural shelters) etc.

This has so far been delivered with great success for several NHS health boards around Scotland as well as organisations managing land and working with people in the outdoors.

Email info@N4H.co.uk for bookings and more information