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Mental Health and the Countryside

Mental Health and the countryside are often linked together in conversations about supporting people’s recovery, building their resilience, and providing protective factors for people that can help support them with a holistic healthy mind and body combined approach. But it’s not all new – there’s a fascinating history that led to the formation of one […]

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How do you talk about the Ukraine War with Children?

How do you talk about the Ukraine War with children without heightening their anxiety around a subject of which they have no control or influence? The war in Ukraine is filling every second of the rolling 24-hour news with information and images of despair, destruction, and devastation. It can inform us as much as harm […]

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30 Ways to Wellbeing: A Month to Make a Difference

In conjunction with Mentability Magazine, Nest + Grow has developed a 30-day programme designed to help people improve their mental wellbeing through taking small actions such as increasing physical activity, or increasing participation in community activities. Broken down into smaller tasks, the idea is that each day for a month, Nest + Grow will explore […]

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Nest + Grow launches Mentability Magazine

This week saw the launch of Mentability Magazine, an online collection of essays and articles focused on neurodiversity, mental health, productivity, spirituality, and more. The word Mentability seemed like the perfect interpretation for the work that we do at Nest + Grow, and the projects we design and deliver around mental wellbeing and what we […]

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Which learnings should you take into your life?

You know the moment when you leave a training session full of enthusiasm and excitement, ready to take on the world again with all the new information and ideas you gathered from the trainer and the peers you networked with. Then you get to your desk and it stops. Which learnings should you take into […]

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Using Third Spaces for Creating Community

At Nest + Grow, we often mourn the loss of community spaces such as pubs, village halls, local meeting places – but is it the lack of community space that diminishes the community – or the lack of community that leads to the demise of the community spaces through their lack of use? What if […]

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Nature Deficiency affecting children’s education

There are reports of children from inner-city schools being unable to identify the sea or a duck, or misidentifying cows in a field as horses – this is partially as a result of what’s commonly known as nature deficiency. For those of us fortunate enough to have grown up somewhere where the square metres of […]

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Nature on Prescription

It’s fantastic to see social prescribing continuing in its journey of mainstream acceptance as hundreds of people experiencing poor mental health will be introduced to the natural beauty of wetlands under a “blue prescribing” scheme designed to help alleviate some of the symptoms and results of facing a mental health challenge. Although data is still […]

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Peer Support Group: The Hidden Power

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a peer support group for separated fathers, run by the charity Dads Unlimited. It was a fascinating insight into the challenges that this mostly hidden community face; That is men facing isolation and loneliness, with mental health challenges that are difficult to speak about to friends and […]

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Community is a Public Health Service

If we’ve learned anything over the past 12 months then surely it’s that stronger communities are one of the key solutions to dealing with public health crises. Whether through a coordinated response to public health controls, or a social response to mutually beneficial movement restrictions, or simply the way that the community sector has worked […]