Children’s Mental Health and Nature
Today it’s more important than ever to take care of our own, and others, mental health. In young people especially, it’s vital to encourage and nurture mental health, so they can develop and grow emotionally.
According to data published by NHS Digital, 1 in 6 children or young adults suffer from a diagnosable mental health issue, with many more dealing with issues from bullying to bereavement and to neglect. There can be a variety of causes, but there are also solutions. To try and move forward and overcome these issues, we believe encouraging children and young people to leave their comfort zones and try new things is an important way to grow emotionally and improve their mental health.
At Bluestone we think a great way to do this is to get out into the natural world. Fresh air in your lungs, sun on your skin, a good splash in a puddle and enjoying everything else the natural world has to offer isn’t just a great way of getting exercise but is also of great benefit to your mental health and wellbeing. Here are some of the ways reconnecting to nature can improve mental health and encourage emotional growth.
So, whilst it can be tempting for children and young people to spend a lot of time indoors, especially with today’s technology, it’s vitally important for children to get out into nature and enjoy and receive the benefits from the sun, sea, grass and green!