Green Walking in mental health recovery: A Guide

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Green walking is about moving through a natural space. This simple act brings multiple benefits to physical, social and mental health. It can improve patients’ progress during hospitalisation and their recovery and rehabilitation. It is also great for staff. These walks are easy to establish, safe and cheap.

This Guide supports people in mental health inpatient settings to start a walking group. The work is based on pilots in eight Green Beacon sites in the English NHS in 2019, funded by the Network for Social Change, but we hope will be of benefit to other UK nations and beyond.

By Jacob Krzanowski, Frances Mortimer and Rachel Stancliffe of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Published: 20th May 2020

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May, 2020

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