Guide for Green Walking in Mental Health Recovery
Green walking is about moving through a natural space. This simple act brings multiple benefits to physical, social and mental health. It can improve patients’ progress during hospitalisation and their recovery and rehabilitation. It is also great for staff. These walks are easy to establish, safe and cheap.
This Guide is to support people in mental health inpatient settings to start a walking group. The work is based on pilots in eight Green Beacon sites in the English NHS in 2019, funded by the Network for Social Change.
‘I loved the wind at the top, the breeze.’
‘That’s the furthest I’ve walked since being ill.’
‘It feels like freedom’
- Patients at Green Beacon sites
Download the Guide for Green Walking in Mental Health Recovery here. Alternatively, keep reading for the online version.
- About the Green Walking initiative
- Why set up a walk: The Evidence Base
- How to set up a walk
- Learning from Green Beacon sites