St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Tag: mental health

Meet the team: Ecotherapy Project Assistant Rachel Hall

What is your role at St Nicks? I started working as the Ecotherapy Project Assistant in May 2021. Previously I’ve worked for charities and in local government roles but during the last lockdown I decided I needed a new challenge. I have always really enjoyed being out in nature and felt it can have a […]

Posted 4 August 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: Bearing Fruit, bushcraft, creative writing, creativity, discover nature, garden, gardening, mental health, nature, nature connectedness, nordic walking, plot to plate, staff, support, team, wild, willow weaving

Meet the Ecotherapy Team: Art based Creative Writing tutor Griselda Goldsbrough

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I am the Ecotherapy Creative Writing/Nature Arts tutor at St Nicks. I have over 20 years of professional experience in arts, heritage, culture and a specialism in community arts, writing and recovery. I enjoy promoting the benefits of […]

Posted 29 July 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Interview | Tags: arts, creativity, ecotherapy, Learning, mental health, nature, nature connectedness, stress, wellbeing, writing

Meet the team: Thriving at Work Project Officer Sarah Chmura

What is your role at St Nicks?  As the Thriving at Work Project Officer, I work one to one with employed individuals across York who are experiencing mental health challenges, using mentoring support and nature-based solutions to help them discover ways of reducing stress, improving their sense of wellbeing and ultimately to thrive at work.  […]

Posted 22 June 2021 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: anxiety, confidence, connect to nature, depression, employment, equality, health and wellbeing, help, mental health, nature connectedness, nature walk, self-esteem, support, Thriving at work, work, York

 Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Sunshine and natural daylight   

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this months blog we’ll be looking at how important it is to get outside for natural daylight – even when that’s not always the most appealing at this time of year! In summer it’s easy […]

Posted 27 January 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: daylight, get outdoors, melatonin, mental health, seratonin

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Peer support

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this months blog we’ll be looking at how being in a garden or nature can help us connect to others. Gardening is often thought of as a solitary activity which can be very rewarding in […]

Posted 23 December 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Opinion Piece | Tags: community, cuttings, gardening, mental health, peer support, social, volunteering

Meet the team – Ecotherapy Project Manager Kathy Sturgess

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I project manage the Ecotherapy Programme at St Nicks and have done so since the project started in 2015. Prior to joining St Nicks, I was a Service Development Senior Manager at York Mind and had been […]

Posted 18 December 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: career, day in the life, diary, ecotherapy, help, Inspiration, mental health, pathway, staff, vocation, work

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Relaxation

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this month’s blog we’ll be looking at how being in a garden or out in nature can help us to relax. There are many daily stressors in life but one of the best ways to […]

Posted 23 November 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: bacteria, breathing, connection, deep breath, earth, ecotherapy, grounding, mental health, mental wellbeing, nature, relaxation, seratonin

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Sense of responsibility

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this month’s blog we are going to be taking a look at how caring for a plant or garden, and having a sense of responsibility to care for it, can help us to feel better […]

Posted 23 October 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: ecotherapy, greenspaces, grow your own, homegrown, litterpick, mental health, plants, responsibility, seeds, self care

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing: Exercise

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this month’s blog we are going to be looking at how being in a garden or out in nature can help us with exercising and keeping fit and healthy. Whilst this is obviously great for […]

Posted 21 September 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: ecotherapy, exercise, gardening, Learning, mental health, wellbeing

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing: Living in the moment

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Catch up on part one, two. and three here. In this month’s article we are going to be looking at how focusing on the present moment can help to alleviate stress and anxiety caused by worrying or thinking about the past […]

Posted 20 August 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Opinion Piece | Tags: appreciation, control, decorative aggregates, ecotherapy, grow your own, lack of control, meditation, mental health, messy, mindfullness, peace, plants, quiet, tidy, wellbeing, windowsill