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Articles & reports on the impact of spending time outdoors on mental health.

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Using the Forest School approach in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

This article appeared in issue 4 of the Outdoor Practitioner - our free online magazine.
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Bringing Therapy Outdoors

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Reclaiming snack time:

Cooking and eating in the open air are part of life’s simple pleasures and an essential part of outdoor sessions. Yet a focus on snacks and food has not had the attention it deserves. It’s time to think more deeply about the role of snack time for physical and mental health and wellbeing.

In this extended article, which first appeared in our free Outdoor Practitioner magazine Health & Wellbeing issue #4, Dr Mel McCree makes a case for inclusive practice for nurture through food and nutrition.

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Research: physical activity outdoors

Research & reports on the mental and physical health benefits of physical activity and exercise outdoors.

Reports & research documents are, as much as possible, arranged in chronological order, most recent at the top

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Growing reports & research

Studies, findings and reports into the effectiveness and benefits of growing and gardening projects for a range of different groups.

Reports & research documents, arranged in chronological order, most recent at the top

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Mental & emotional health

A selection of nationwide organisations supporting the mental health of children and young people.

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Therapy outdoors

Organisations and information on various forms of therapy outdoors and play therapy.

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