Written by : Paula Felps 

Exploring Nature to Improve Mental Health With Mya-Rose Craig

We know that getting out in nature is good for us, but this week’s guest understands it better than most. Mya-Rose Craig is a 20-year-old bird watcher, environmentalist and diversity activist who was raised in a home that revered nature. At the age of 14, she formed the Black2Nature organization to encourage other teenagers of color to engage with nature. Bristol University awarded her an honorary doctorate for her pioneering work in this area and now her memoir, Birdgirl: Looking to the Skies in Search of a Better Future, looks at the power of nature and birds, and the important role they have played in dealing with her mother’s mental illness.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What nature has taught Mya-Rose about wellbeing and why she’s so passionate about it.
  • Why access to nature is so important for mental health.
  • How her family has used birdwatching to cope with mental health challenges.

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