Butterflies and recovery

Mental health in Devon: why butterflies are a good metaphor for recovery

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“The Devon Recovery Learning Community offers opportunities to learn about mental health and recovery:”

Welcome to the Devon Recovery Learning Community | devonrlc.co.uk

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It has teamed up with Butterfly Conservation:

 

Butterflies and recovery

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It may not surprise you to know that being outside in nature is good for us, both physically and mentally.

We have been working with Devon Recovery Learning Community Centre, running courses about butterflies and moths and the work involved in helping to conserve them. Students were able to spend time outdoors, learning about the fascinating lives and needs of butterflies, whilst helping maintain important Dartmoor habitats for some of the rarest butterflies in the UK.

Caroline Nicholson, Manager at Devon Recovery Learning Community talks about the events and why butterflies are a good metaphor for recovery.

Find out more…

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Here is the piece on the DRLC website published earlier today:

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Three years ago I spoke at a conference hosted by Exmoor National Park to celebrate the work we had initiated together to promote the mental health benefits our National Parks offer to individuals and our communities. At the end of my talk, Megan Lowe, a community project worker for Butterfly Conservation, approached me. She was intrigued to consider how the Devon Recovery Learning Community might be able to pair up with their efforts to widen their audience around the conservation of butterflies and the preservation of their habitats. People with mental health challenges was not an audience that Butterfly Conservation had ever tried to engage with before.

The courses have proven very successful and enjoyable, and you can read about their development and results here on the DPT website.

Butterfly Conservation as a Metaphor for Recovery | devonrlc.co.uk

   
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