Mental health lead encourages residents to enjoy nature during Awareness week

Dr Ros Bonsor

NHS West Lancashire CCG’s mental health lead, Ros Bonsor, has recorded a message encouraging to enjoy nature as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The theme is ‘Nature’ and Ros took to the outdoors to explain the mental benefits of seeing, hearing and feeling nature, with two in three people reporting that being close to nature has a positive effect on them.

Watch below for the full video.

If you are feeling anxious, depressed or simply need some to talk to, help is there. You can contact Mindsmatter, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm on 01695 684 177 or online via the Mindsmatter webpage.

Mindsmatter will not be open over Easter Bank Holiday but you can contact the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on freephone 116 123.

Alternatively, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s [LSCFT] wellbeing and mental health line is a freephone, out of hours service for people requiring support in relation to their own mental health or someone they know. The service is available on 0800 915 4640 (Monday-Friday 7-11pm, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-12am).

LSCFT’s crisis line is also available 24 hours a day, every day of the year if you need urgent help on 0800 953 0110. People who prefer text communications can text HELLO to 07860 022846.