It's World Mental Health Day today (10th October) and we're proud to offer lots of opportunities for people to improve their mental wellbeing in Lincolnshire.
In 2017 Historic England 'Heritage and Society' report revealed that 93% of residents say that their local heritage has an impact on their quality of life. In the same year, Age UK revealed that engagement with creative and cultural activities, including heritage, makes the highest contribution to one’s overall well-being out of all other factors that they measure.
A research paper from January 2018, entitled ‘Urban Mind: Using Smartphone Technologies to Investigate the impact of Nature on Mental Wellbeing in Real Time’ has found that the positive effects of a single exposure to nature can last for seven hours after an individual has experienced it and that individuals at greater risk of developing mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, benefit more from getting outdoors than others.
We're working hard to provide opportunities to improve mental well being in Lincolnshire, from volunteer projects such as Layers of History through to South Lincolnshire Walking Festival and Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival.
Our Layers of History volunteers get involved in regular activity days in historic landscapes where they meet like-minded people, and keep their minds active by undertaking online courses, classroom-based workshops and by learning new skills. We're also working with people living with dementia and their carers through Dementia Support South Lincolnshire and the wonderful Square Hole Club.
On this World Mental Health Awareness day we're setting you a challenge to either:
- make it your mission to recommend a walk or volunteering opportunity to a friend (or sign up yourself!)
- enrol on one of our free online courses
- book a place on one of our lifelong learning ('Grow') courses
Just visit www.heritagelincolnshire.org and make a start today!