As part of World Mental Health Day 2018 (10 October), young people in Lancashire who are struggling with their mental health can get involved in an exciting project that will boost their overall wellbeing whilst improving green spaces.
World Mental Health Day is celebrated on 10 October every year and provides an opportunity for people working in mental health to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people across the world. The Myplace project encourages young people aged 13 – 24 years old to explore the environment by offering opportunities to participate in eco-therapy based activities including growing projects, nature walks, conservation work, mindfulness and bush craft. By getting involved in activities outdoors young people can reduce their stress levels, alleviate mental health problems and improve their concentration and mood.
Terry Drake, Lead Nurse for the Children and Young Peoples network at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
"The Myplace Project is a great opportunity for young people to embrace the outdoors, improve their mental health, boost self-esteem, help people gain or return to employment, becoming more physically active and reduce social isolation.
“This World Mental Health Day we would like to remind young people across Lancashire of the support that is available through the Myplace project and the many ecotherapy initiatives they can get involved in such as outdoor art, gardening and environmental conservation work!”
Rhoda Wilkinson at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust said at Lancashire Wildlife Trust said:
“Over the last couple of year’s it’s been amazing to see some of the improvements that have happened to people’s lives through the opportunity to connect with nature. We offer a number of exciting projects in some beautiful green spaces across Lancashire. Our groups are small, supportive and participant-led. If you know anybody who would benefit from the services we provided I would encourage you to get in touch.”
Myplace is an exciting and innovative collaboration between Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and The Lancashire Wildlife Trust and is funded by close to £1m in Big Lottery Funding that is administered by the national ‘Our Bright Future’ campaign for young people.
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has also secured an additional £630k in funding from the European Social Fund, that has resulted in the Myplace project being able to increase employability prospects for those members of the community that are currently furthest away from the jobs market, including some young people, women and members of ethnic minority communities. The expanded project will also include the establishment of two new ‘Men in Sheds’ projects that enable older men to work together on practical projects, such as furniture restoration or creating garden ornaments in order to develop new skills and build self-confidence.
The Myplace project is delivered throughout Chorley, Preston, Blackburn, Skelmersdale and East Lancashire running a variety of environmental activities to improve urban community greenspaces. For more information about the Myplace project visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/myplace or get in touch with a member of our team by calling 01772 872007 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.