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World Mental Health Day 2023 - Professional Help in the Outdoors with Mind Over Mountains

World Mental Health Day 2023 is an opportunity for people and communities to unite behind the theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right. At Mind Over Mountains we seek to offer as many people as possible access to professional mental health support, and simultaneous access to the outdoors; combining the benefits of both for positive mental wellbeing outcomes.

As the World Health Organisation states, “Mental health is a basic human right for all people. Everyone, whoever and wherever they are, has a right to the highest attainable standard of mental health. This includes the right to be protected from mental health risks, the right to available, accessible, acceptable, and good quality care, and the right to liberty, independence and inclusion in the community.”

Good mental health is vital to our overall health and well-being. Yet one in eight people globally are living with mental health conditions, which can impact their physical health, their well-being, how they connect with others, and their livelihoods.

At Mind Over Mountains we are passionate about using our ground breaking approach to achieving positive mental health change for each person who joins our programmes. We combine walking in nature with the opportunity to receive 1-2-1 professional counselling and coaching along the way - a safe space to talk with no pressure, no time slot, no judgement. Our walks and retreats are here for anyone over 18 facing mental health challenges - most commonly depression, anxiety, grief or overwhelm, but we do not discriminate and all are welcome.

Our work is also extending further and further into communities and groups whose mental health suffers as a result of trauma, being marginalised, or loss of connection with others. We are working with members of our emergency services, asylum seekers and individuals whose mental health is suffering. Everyone has the right to access to good mental health. Mind Over Mountains is a small charity aiming to play a big part in that!

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