Natural Health and Wellbeing

Wednesday 25th April 2018, The Wellington Hotel, Brecon, 7pm, £5 (Friends / Members £2)

The Friends of Brecon and District Mind have, on Wednesday 25th April, invited Powys Local Health Board psychologist Tania Dolley to talk at the Wellington Hotel, Brecon, from 7pm about the positive mental and physical benefits of connecting with nature and the outdoors.

Tania will outline research evidence and both national and local initiatives in this field including plans to develop further nature-based therapies and services in Powys. Some of the approaches and projects she will explore include mindfulness, Japanese Forest Therapy (or ‘forest bathing’), Ecominds ecotherapy projects and ‘green gym’ activities. She will also explore ‘social and green prescriptions’ which can, for example, refer people to join a walking group. One of her most intriguing subjects will be the so-called Biophilia Hypothesis which suggests that humans have an innate affinity with other living things and with nature as a whole because they have evolved in natural settings.

Closer to home, she will describe initiatives at Bronllys Hospital where a therapy garden and woodland walks have been developed with the involvement of armed-forces veterans and where there are also exciting plans for a Wellbeing Park. She will examine, too, the Welsh Government’s interest in the further development of our outdoor resources for ‘green health’.

All are welcome and Tania hopes that the event will, in part, be participatory. Those attending will be encouraged to share experiences of healthy connections with the natural world.

The Friends support the work of Brecon and District Mind and raise awareness of mental health issues in and around Brecon, Crickhowell, Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye. They are open to everyone and holds talks, walks, social activities and fund-raising events.