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The nature cure: how the great outdoors is transforming treatment of mental health

Venture Mòr's wilderness therapy has been featured in Prospect Magazine.

Venture Mòr staff Andy Hardie and Richard Tildesley insightfully and honestly explain in the article how the challenges of nature and the support of experienced psychotherapists and skilled outdoor instructors make Wilderness Therapy a viable alternative to improving physical and mental health.

Wilderness Therapy offers a valuable approach to supporting people with mental health issues particularly at a time when there is ever-increasing use of anti-depressants, along with an even greater number of individuals struggling to access (under pressure) mental health services.

Anti-depressants and other prescription drugs used to treat depression, ADHD, mental health issues and anxiety can be initially helpful. But for many, medication alone is not proving to be the answer. Traditional therapeutic support such as counselling, psychotherapy, CBT, and CAMHS can help but at times are not able to allow people to make the changes they were hoping for.

The challenges of nature and the support of experienced psychotherapists and skilled outdoor instructors make Wilderness Therapy a viable alternative to improving physical and mental health.

Wilderness Therapy can reach an individual in ways that are long-lasting and life changing. It is an approach that merits and demands exploration and support from the private and public sectors. And can provide relief for an overburdened public mental health system.

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