12 May 2021

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and our GP clinical lead for mental health in St Helens, Dr Laura Pogue, has some advice on how getting outdoors can be really beneficial

It's Mental Health Awareness Week from 10-16 May - and this year the theme is 'connect with nature'.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, people are suffering more than ever and the numbers of people with a diagnosis of depression in the borough has unsurprisingly risen.

There are however, some really simple things you can do easily and for free which can help with your mental health and wellbeing - and that is getting outdoors and connecting with nature, plants and animals.

There is plenty of evidence that getting outside is beneficial.  Mental health charity, MIND, have advice and information on their website here

Our GP clinical lead for mental health in St Helens, Dr Laura Pogue, has recorded this special video for Mental Health Awareness Week with advice for local residents: