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       Borth: A Space for Nature &                                                                     Mental Health Monster


       Wellbeing By Brogen Doyle                                                                       By Nathan Jackson





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                                                                                                                   i, I’m Nathan Jackson
                                                                                                                   and I’m campaigning
                                                                                                                   for the mental
                                                                                                                   health crisis to be
                                                                                                                   taken seriously in
                                                                                                      Heducation. I’d love to
                                                                                                       see compulsory sessions added to the
                                                                                                       school curriculum that talk about mental
                                                                                                       health and provide the necessary toolkits
                                                                                                       to ensure a healthy mind. Suicide is the
                                                                                                       biggest cause of morality in people under
                                                                                                       15 years of age and mental health issues
                                                                                                       affect roughly 1 in 10 young people. Surely
                                                                                                       it is time to educate young people on
                                                                                                       these problems. We teach physical health
                                                                                                       through PE sessions, why can’t we do the
                                                                                                       same for mental health?
                                                                                                         In terms of inspiration, I have seen
                                                                                                       how many people have struggled with
                                                                                                       their mental health and have relied on
                                                                                                       a therapist to point them in the right
                                                                                                       direction. As well as how mental illness
                                                                                                       can really shake a family - In August of
                                                                                                       2018, my uncle Stephen lost his battle
                                                                                                       with mental illness at the ripe age of 29.
                                                                                                       The pain, the sadness and, perhaps more
                 here is so much to see in   with Spring. The days draw in as the   Healthy body, healthy mind!   personally, the guilt is still raw today.  If
                 the little village of Borth,   moodiness of Autumn and Winter arrive,   It has also been acknowledged time   we all had the necessary toolkits, maybe
                 including a contrast of   when leaves fall and colours fade.  after time that nature has a positive   Stephen’s story could have continued.
                 views and the sounds of   Whatever my mood might be, there is   impact on our mental health. So,   Maybe the ache to the left of our chests
                 nature. You can enjoy the  a walk that I can go on: through the sand   however you interact with Mother   wouldn’t be there.
      Tbeach and village life, and  dunes, along the bank of the river or up   Nature, hopefully she will enable you to   I see mental illness as this monster
       absorb the sounds and levels of activity   and around the monument. A sociable   feel grounded and uplifted.  that people seem to be running away
       that change from season to season.   walk along the narrow High Street or   For those of you who do spend part   from. But for how much longer can we
         In Borth, nature provides a treasure   when the tide is out, a peaceful walk   of your working week inside, like me, I   keep running? We need to fight this
       chest of scenery and experiences that   along the vast isolation of the shoreline,   hope that you are fortunate enough to   monster and this starts with education.
       overwhelm the senses and lift the spirits.  on the beach where the forest of Cantre’r  have access to a part of the world that   Visit @MHealthMonster on Facebook
         I am very much aware of nature and   Gwaelod lies submerged.   has such spectacular outdoor space,   and Twitter for more information and
       the different seasons: the ever-changing   New research has shown that   like Borth. For me, being based here is   to sign the petition. You have the power
       colours of the mountains, the burst   children’s wellbeing can benefit from   priceless.        to provide young people with the mental
       of life and the brightness that comes   spending time connecting with nature.   Wishing you well for 2020.   health education they need.




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