The Natural Health Service: What the Great Outdoors Can Do for Your Mind (Hardback)
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The Natural Health Service: What the Great Outdoors Can Do for Your Mind (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 23/04/2020
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A renowned political journalist and author of the former Waterstones Book of the Year-shortlisted Why We Get the Wrong Politicians, Isabel Hardman suffers from debilitating mental health issues. In the bold and insightful The Natural Health Service, she advocates the enormous benefits of living life in the great outdoors and how fresh air and activity has proved the perfect tonic for her battles with depression and anxiety. An uplifting, exquisitely written guide to regaining your mental equilibrium.

In 2016, Isabel Hardman's mind, in her own words, 'stopped working' as she fell prey to severe depression and anxiety. She took time off on long-term sick leave and despite several relapses has returned to work in much better health. She has since become one of the country's most prominent public voices on mental health issues.

She credits her recovery to her passion for exercise, nature and the great outdoors - from horse-riding and botany to cold-water swimming and running. In The Natural Health Service, she will draw on her own personal experience, interviews with mental illness sufferers and psychologists, and the latest research to examine what role wildlife and fresh air can play in helping anyone cope with mental illness.

Straight-talking, thoroughly-researched, and compassionate, this important and often funny book will be fascinate anyone touched by a mental health condition, whether themselves or through the experiences of a loved-one.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781786495907
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
A wise, compassionate, timely and beautifully written book. Isabel is formidably brave and open about her health struggles. * Andrew Marr *
A really uplifting book. Amid the vivid depictions of depression and PTSD there is a joy in these pages as Isabel explains what the natural world has given to her, and can give to all of us. Hardman shows there is so much we can do to help ourselves just by looking at the world around us, exploring and enjoying its beauty, variety, life-giving, life-enhancing, mood-changing power. * Alastair Campbell *
Absorbing and life-affirming... Isabel's journey of discovery through her own mental illness contains lessons for us all. Simply a must read. * Rachel Cullen, author of Running For My Life *
A really good book... Well-structured and well-written. * Observer on Why We Get the Wrong Politicians *
Hardman's well-written, incisive book provides a good compass with which to navigate this changing landscape. * The Times on Why We Get the Wrong Politicians *
It's easy to moan that Westminster doesn't work and a lot harder to explain why. To understand, this is the book you need to read. * Laura Kuenssberg on Why We Get the Wrong Politicians *

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