Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 - Michael Perry AKA Mr Plant Geek on Nature and Mental Health14. 05. 2021
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 runs between the 10-16 May 2021 and has adopted ‘nature’ as its theme this year. There is a deep psychological and emotional connection between human beings and nature and a connection to the natural world can be beneficial for our mental health. Nature can console us, encourage creativity and empathy. Even the smallest interactions with nature can help us feel less isolated.
As part of exploring this theme, the Mental Health Foundation reports that around 13% of UK households have no garden. They believe that nature is a resource for everyone to enjoy and it is a human right to have access to nature. Read more here.
With this in mind, we spoke to Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek, about how nature can improve our mental health. We have previously interviewed Michael here.
Michael has racked up 18 years of experience working with Thompson & Morgan, where he was listed in the Top ’20 most influential horticulturists’ by The Sunday Times. He now creates fun, accessible and information content around gardening, which has amassed him a huge following of green thumbed fans. He uses social media to encourage people to get outside and experience nature through gardening.
Michael told us that when he was growing up, plants were always in his life and were his refuge when he was bullied at school.
He explains that some of the reasons plants are beneficial for mental health are because that they're good at purifying the air, softening landscapes and decor and they give us something to look after because they are dependent on us.
Whether he's eating, drinking or even wearing plants, they always bring him a sense of joy.
Watch the full video of Michael here:
Thank you to Michael Perry (Mr Plant Geek) for talking to use about mental health for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.
Read more about Mental Health Awareness Week here.
Visit Michael's website here.
Read our interview with Michael here.
If you enjoyed this, why not read our article with Conservation Biologist Tong Aktas here.