NATURE & MENTAL HEALTH
Nature is something God gives to us to enjoy and it can also be really helpful in supporting good mental health. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place between 10-16 May 2021 and this year's theme is 'nature'!
Stephen Whitten has seen nature support good mental health first-hand through the Glencairn Community Garden in North Belfast. Watch his video to hear more about what's happening at this community garden...
You can also read George* and Peter*'s stories
to hear how the community garden has been important to them, particularly during the pandemic.
7 May 2021
Stephen works at the North Belfast Centre of mission and lives nearby in North Belfast. He loves working with people from inside and outside the church and especially when the conversation is about God at work in their lives. He is married to Loren and they have a very spoiled dog called Quinn! More recently he has started doing some part-time work in tree surgery.
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Kelvin moved to a new area shortly before COVID-19 and so didn't have much time to get to know people. He shares how he's been able to share his faith with his barber and his neighbours even whilst the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Waterways Chaplaincy - part of the Church Army family - meets many isolated people or in financial difficulty along the waterways. This is one story of where Waterways chaplains were able to draw alongside and practically support a struggling family.