‘These salt marshes saved my life’: how nature is helping mental health

‘These salt marshes saved my life’: how nature is helping mental health

Green social prescribing, where people are referred to nature projects, on the rise across UK

“It sounds dramatic, but this place saved my life,” says Wendy Turner, looking out over the Steart salt marshes in Somerset. “I am really loving the colours of all the marsh grasses at the moment, and the flocks of dunlin and plover. The light is just so beautiful.”

Turner was once a high-flying international project manager. “But the Covid pandemic resulted in me losing everything – my business and my home – and I had years of abuse in a marriage.” In July 2020, she attempted suicide and woke up in A&E.

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