This year, Mental Health Awareness Week will focus on nature, and how accessing it is crucial to our mental health. CASS will be getting involved by running a campaign that will look at how being in nature makes us feel, and promoting local groups who can give you some extra motivation to spend more time outside.

How to get involved

We’ll be sharing your photos all week on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, so if you’ve got a great snap of a local beauty spot, your garden, some wildlife you’ve spotted, you and your colleagues meeting for a picnic, or anything else, you can tag us in with @CASSBristol on social media and we’ll share your pic. Let us know how you feel when you’re out and about in nature, and how it improves your mental wellbeing. You can join in the national conversation as well using #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

If you’re a community group with a focus on being out in nature, share a picture of your group, or your activity as well!

We’ll also be promoting some local walks during this week to encourage people to get out and about. There may be some nature havens near you that you’ve not heard of before, or some community hubs and groups that you could get involved with. Check out our maps and routes below to find out!

Walking Routes

South Bristol

North Bristol

Inner & East Bristol

If you're looking for things to do whilst on a CASS walk, or your own favourite local walk, why not collect items and make a collage, take notice of wildlife and birdsong and take some pictures to remember your walk, forage for food and herbs, or use the time to relax and meditate.

If you decide to go on any of our walks, please remember to stay safe and aware of your surroundings and Covid guidelines. For more information, please see:

www.whi.org.uk/safe-walking/safety-tips-for-walking-alone/
www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/walking-for-health/
www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/events/training-zone/walking-training-zone/walking-kit-and-equipment-list
www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home