How nature can help kids' mental health

This time of year can be especially challenging and emotional for kids. Many children worry and stress about going back to school, making new friends, meeting a new teacher or just getting used to new routines.

Spending time outdoors, surrounded by nature can give children a chance to switch off from a busy day or week of school and have a positive impact on their mental health. Running wild and free in nature is lots of fun, but can also help build confidence and fuel creativity and imagination.

Whether it’s a sunny autumn afternoon or a rainy weekend morning (it’s hard to beat splashing in muddy puddles!), have fun with your little ones by trying out our activity list of things to find on your next adventure.

Outdoors is more stimulating than staying indoors. Nature can be a real feast for the senses.

How many of Northern Ireland’s 7 best Country Parks have you been to? Managed by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) the parks provide all of us with access to the countryside and help protect our environment and wildlife.