12.00pm Sat 27th
Spending time in nature has been proven to have multiple positive impacts on mental health, such as reducing anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress and negative thinking.
In this session we were joined by motivational speaker and mental health first aider Tommy Curry, local wild swimmers Hazel Whittle & Laura Hussey, wellbeing professional and nature enthusiast Francesca Tidd, renowned author and wildlife expert Lucy McRobert, plus Deputy Member of Youth Parliament for South Suffolk and Ipswich Poppy Brown. We shared simple tips and methods for using local natural environments to improve wellbeing, along with meditative videos from photographer and YouTuber Felix Alred, plus live music from American-born, freestyle rapper/singer and multi- instrumentalist Dimetrip.
Session host: Sophia Bolton.
Dimetrip is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. She has spent countless hours developing her music production, vocals, guitar, bass, keys, dulcimer, mandolin and violin skills. Her live looping set will take you on a journey with introspective lyricism and vivid imagery.
My name is Fran and I am one of the Account Managers at Wellbeing People, meaning I support businesses with creating wellbeing programmes that transform employees physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. I’m really excited to be taking part in this important conversation on nature & mental wellbeing, to share some of our top tips and learn from other nature lovers.
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Laura Hussey & Hazel Whittle
Hazel and Laura are students in their final year of sixth form, and enjoy taking trips down to the River Deben at Woodbridge as a chance to relax in between studying for A-Levels. At the Siren Springboard this time last year, the conversations concerning people and the environment sparked their interest further into our population's interaction with nature. They find outdoor swimming to be a joyful and mindful way to spend free time, enhancing for both mental and physical health, and hope that viewers of the session are inspired to try it sometime. We'd also like to suggest to anyone who wants to find out more to check out the Outdoor Swimming Society.
A freelance communications and marketing professional, I love to promote wildlife and wild experiences to people from all backgrounds and of all ages. My first book, 365 Days Wild, is published by William Collins (2019) in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts, and offers 365 ways to make nature part of your life every day. For five years I worked as Communications Manager for The Wildlife Trusts UK office. I helped to set up one of the UK’s most impactful and influential environmental campaigns, 30 Days Wild, encouraging hundreds of thousands of people to do something wild every day throughout the month of June. I am a keen birder and cetacean-watcher, and a self-confessed amateur naturalist. I am passionate about encouraging the next generation of nature conservationists, and in 2012 co-founded the youth nature network, A Focus On Nature.
Hi, I'm Poppy Brown and I'm Deputy Member of Youth Parliament for South Suffolk and Ipswich, which means I represent young people and their views, ideas and I also help to raise their voices too! I'm also leader of the environment committee and member of the mental health committee (both for Suffolk's youth parliament). To get into Youth Parliament I had to write a manifesto, make an election video, and run for election (so thank you to everyone who vote for me and believed in me). I also wouldn’t have achieved it without my family, friends, and school; all of whom supported me so much - I couldn't have done it without them! Thank you for giving me the confidence and belief that I could do what I do. I'd really like to help get your voice heard too, so you can always find me
@poppydmyp on Twitter and Instagram
or you can always email me at: p.brownSouthDMYP@gmail.com.
I am a young man from Suffolk that has dedicated his life to helping others. Specifically helping in the Mental Health field helping people old and young to create themselves and find fulfillment. I am a Mental Health First Aid instructor, Executive Director with Student Life, a charity that focuses on giving young people opportunities and experiencing, and have my own personal experiences with mental health difficulties after bullying and bereavement. My talks are raw and real, featuring my own personal experiences.