Recovery & Resilience | return to work support
Our ‘recovery and resilience’ programme supports ‘return to work’ for employees currently off work with stress, depression or anxiety.
We recognise that people may benefit from complementary support services in addition to the usual medication or talking therapy interventions. We know that counselling services nowadays are harder to come by, due to increased demand and lack of available resources – often resulting in long waiting lists. This often leaves individuals with little or no immediate support.
This then is our solution – a ‘natural health service’ for recovering individuals. Delivered in small group sessions, by people who have had direct ‘lived experience’ of emotional wellbeing issues themselves. Yes, people within our own team have been there, and undergone their own recovery journeys – it can be done, and we aim to offer hope and inspiration to others. We consider ourselves ‘experts by experience’.
We have direct empathy with those now making their own recovery journeys – and with a helping hand from nature, can provide a nurturing, understanding and supportive recovery environment for individuals – as ‘friends with Human-Nature‘.
This service may be particularly appealing to working professionals currently off work with emotional wellbeing difficulties:
- private sector business professionals
- managers and executives
- academics and education staff
- medical and nursing professions
- other public service personnel, including emergency services
These services may also be of value to:
- people experiencing work-related stress issues
- people coping with bereavement loss
- people coping with caring responsibilities (where there’s often little respite/focus on preserving one’s own wellbeing)
- people who value a tailored, discreet and private service (separate from conventional mainstream services)
Nature’s Way | why nature as a therapeutic intervention?
It’s now becoming more widely accepted how common these issues are. The more we talk, the more we begin to realise just how many people are actually affected.
Recent campaigns like ‘Time to Talk’ and ‘HeadsTogether’ have brought about much more openness about mental wellbeing issues – including the difficulties individuals often experienced in the workplace environment.
We are different though. As well as being open, we go beyond talking, by providing regular, even daily, nurturing and meaningful activities, which draw on the healing power of nature and harness the restorative value that green space environments bring.
In many respects we let nature do all the talking! (Although we do always have a qualified therapist on-hand, if ever needed).
We know from our own experience how difficult it can be to be stuck at home, off work. It can feel quite isolating – and it can even make things worse. It’s easy to fall into an increasingly downward spiral when you have too much time to think – and we think it’s important to find ways to ‘think better’, in order to ‘feel better’.
We discovered that using nature as a ‘third space’, somewhere that’s neither work nor home, is the best place to be to start to heal and recover – then to rebuild confidence and resilience from there.
‘Being away’ in a natural environment doesn’t require much direct focused attention – nature simply provides something known as ‘soft fascination’. Green spaces are full of fascinating stimuli, which initiate the use of easy, almost involuntary attention. Appreciating the sights, sounds and scents in nature can bring us back to the present moment, stop wandering thoughts, and encourage a greater sense of mindfulness and relaxation.
Throughout our programme, we teach our ‘escapees’ new hobbies and interests, while at the same time gradually increasing levels of physical activity to help people to sleep better and sounder. We also educate participants on ‘nature’s ways to wellbeing’, so they learn how to support themselves longer term, protecting their ongoing wellbeing and health resilience. The aim is to lessen the chance of any future relapse.
This service is unique. It’s especially valuable to those employers who genuinely want to support their employees as part of a phased return to work. The best employers are starting to realise that emotional wellbeing difficulties are now commonplace. Modern day life stresses can often over-spill and surface in the work environment. These need to be carefully managed in a considerate and sympathetic manner, to maintain longer term commitment and re-engagement of employees.
This is why we think our nature inspired intervention is an ideal complementary therapeutic intervention, for those who want to get back work more efficiently and more resiliently.
For more details about our ‘Recovery & Resilience’ programme, please refer to our separate information pages linked below:
- Individual Recovery & Resilience – for individuals/employees
- Employer Recovery & Resilience – for occupational health providers and employers