Mental health project: finding wellness in nature

by Butterfly Conservation in United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th October 2020 we successfully raised £7,451 ( + est. £1288.75 Gift Aid ) with 343 supporters in 28 days

Help those with mental health challenges better connect with the natural world, bringing positive outcomes for both people and wildlife.

by Butterfly Conservation in United Kingdom

New stretch target

Every additional penny raised will enable us to do more to raise awareness of butterflies and moths and protect them for future generations. The Covid-19 pandemic caused many of our traditional fundraising methods to be cancelled, while other sources of income were put on hold. This has left us with a large funding shortfall, which will affect us for years to come. Any additional income raised from this will go towards our wider conservation work to ensure a brighter future for butterflies, moths and all wildlife.


Two-thirds of the UK’s butterflies are in decline, while 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year. 

Both are troubling statistics, but our work aims to tackle these problems by using the power of nature - and butterflies - to boost people’s mental health, and in return inspire these people to create a future where butterflies are protected. 

Help those with mental health challenges better connect with both the natural world and each other by donating today.

Butterfly Conservation’s ‘Social Butterflies’ project aims to help alleviate poor mental health in south west England through interaction with and care for the natural world.

For those struggling with mental health, treatment is mostly medication rather than mitigation, but scientific research has shown that there are strong links between our mental well-being and our quality of nature connectedness.

With the growing concerns around the state of people’s mental health amid this pandemic, this project is now needed more than ever. In August a report released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the rates of depression had almost doubled during the pandemic. While this project is designed to be delivered in person with social distancing, a contingency plan is also in place to ensure it can continue to be delivered online or remotely if required.

Please donate today to help bring positive outcomes for both people and wildlife.

How can butterflies boost mental health?

Our previous project, All the Moor Butterflies, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, demonstrated that being out in nature learning about butterflies can help those who suffer with their mental health. 

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Opportunities to learn about and give back to butterflies through wildlife, gardening or conservation activity, including surveying and habitat management, can help give participants a sense of place and purpose.

Butterflies are also great as emblems of change and growth, and the metaphors drawn from their lifecycle can help people to understand and accept how they may also change over time.

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We have begun delivering this powerful project, but since Covid-19 hit, we are now facing a funding shortfall and we urgently need to raise the money to ensure this project can continue. 

Help us bring people and these beautiful insects together to produce positive outcomes for both.  

Your donation will help us:

  • Develop key relationships with mental health trusts, community groups, and local delivery partners.
  • Provide training sessions for health practitioners and community group leaders to give them the confidence to promote butterflies and conservation activity to their patients/clients.
  • Develop and produce a pack of resources to support this training; equipping practitioners, group leaders and volunteers with all they need to deliver their own sessions.
  • Work with our local Branch volunteers to increase understanding and awareness of mental wellbeing and the importance of nature connectedness.

Support for the project:

Karen participated in our All the Moor Butterflies project and after connecting better with nature she was inspired to write a poem, Find the Best of You:

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Please donate today to make this project a success.

1598007595_attenboroughcircle.jpgSir David Attenborough, Butterfly Conservation President: “Spending time with nature offers us all precious breathing space away from the stresses and strains of modern life. It enables us to experience joy and wonder, to slow down and to appreciate the wildlife that lives side-by-side with us.”

This project has been part-funded by an award from Postcode Local Trust, a grantgiving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A digital copy of our butterfly mindful colouring-in sheet, and a subscription to our monthly newsletter, All Aflutter, which includes regular gardening features and what species to spot each month.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A set of digital resources on gardening for butterflies and butterfly identification. Plus, a digital copy of our butterfly mindful colouring-in sheet, and a subscription to our monthly newsletter, All Aflutter, which includes regular gardening features and what species to spot each month!

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Exclusive access to a recorded webinar on Gardening for Butterflies, plus a hard copy of the Field Studies Butterfly Guide, featuring all 60 wild species found in Britain and Ireland, and a set of digital resources on gardening for butterflies and butterfly identification.

£1,000 or more

£1000 Reward

As well as all the above, you’ll also go into a draw to win a family friendly introduction to the world of butterflies, moths and caterpillars. This webinar will be for a group of up to 10 people.

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