In Wiltshire, a new wellbeing programme is being launched to help men improve their mental health. The programme, which is a collaboration between Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, will support men aged 20-59 through nature-based physical activities like hiking, woodwork, and bush craft skills. Participants will also learn wellbeing techniques including stress management and mindfulness.
The sessions will start on 19 February and run for 12 weeks in Salisbury. Other programmes will take place later this year in Trowbridge and Chippenham. According to Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, cabinet member for public health, the programme will provide men with the knowledge and practical tools they need to improve their mental wellbeing. He emphasized that participants will be able to engage in activities that they enjoy while developing new skills and learning about the benefits of being outdoors. By having access to wellbeing techniques and advice, men who are currently struggling will be able to experience positive behavior change.
Damian Haasjes, director of education and wellbeing at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, noted the “positive impact” that connecting with nature has on people’s mental health. He mentioned that the new outdoor men’s wellbeing programme will build on their existing work and offer a great opportunity for early support and intervention with men who are struggling with their mental health. The wellbeing programme aims to provide men with the tools and knowledge necessary to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The collaboration between Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust offers activities that promote nature-based physical activities and wellbeing techniques. This initiative is expected to have a positive impact on men who are currently struggling with their mental health.