Wellways is working with Landcare ACT to encourage Canberrans to connect with nature and improve mental health.

ACT Regional Manager Lachlan Ateyo said the benefits of being outside are well documented.

“No matter your age or ability, exploring and enjoying nature, meeting new people and making connections in the outdoors supports your mental health,” Lachlan said.

This is the first time Wellways has partnered with Landcare to offer in-community support for people with lived experience of mental health issues.

“Encouraging people to be out in the community and meeting people is something that we both do. It made sense to work together to apply for a Healthy Canberra grant.

“We provide training and mentoring to Sally, Landcare ACT's Wellbeing Coordinator and have helped to develop the programs on offer to make sure they fit within a contemporary recovery framework.”

Self-Reflection Through Nature is the first 6-week program to come from this partnership.

Starting next month, the program offers participants a space to meet others and practice the art of nature-connection through personal reflection, group discussion and hands on activities. Up to 500 people are expected to take part.

More nature-connection opportunities are to be announced soon, including opportunities to support Landcare groups with conservation activities.

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