Improving mental health – out in the open
 

Our Mission

 
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Quite simply, we believe in the power of the mountains to change lives

One in four people in Britain experience mental health problems each year, and one in six of us report them to our GP every single week. BUT it’s been scientifically proven that spending time in the great outdoors is a powerful natural anti-depressant, and regular exercise can reduce the risk of depression by 30%. That’s why in 2019 Trail magazine is launching Mountains For the Mind – a campaign to finally get mental health out in the open. We believe in the power of the mountains to change lives for the better, and we need your help to spread the word.

The problem

  • One in four people experience mental health problems each year

  • One in six of us report mental health problems to our GP every week

  • 450 million people worldwide currently experience mental health problems

  • Anxiety and depression are the most commonly diagnosed problems

  • Every two hours, someone in England and Wales takes their own life

The solution

  • Walking has been proven to boost self esteem

  • A single exposure to nature can lift your mood for up to seven hours

  • Spending time outdoors can reduce the risk of depression by 30%

  • Regular exercise can be a more effective treatment than taking anti-depressants

  • Being active improves sleep quality, while reducing stress and anxiety levels

Take the first step

We want to inspire friends, colleagues and loved ones to get outside and take those first steps to improving their mental health. Everyone can benefit, whatever their circumstances. once you’ve signed up, we’ll send you a monthly newsletter packed with ideas for mountain trips, inspiring stories, campaign news, and exclusive offers from our partners. Most importantly, we’ll tell you how to get more people outside, so they can feel alive in the mountains too.

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