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Lanarkshire park event helps to tackle mental health issues

A Lanarkshire park event aimed to helping combat mental health problems has been hailed a success by organisers.

Let’s Gather in Overtoun Park was held in Rutherglen and featured yoga sessions, walks around the park and even a silent disco so those attending could get into the groove.

However although the activities were fun, there was a serious side behind the day too, as it promoted connection, physical activity, arts, and how getting outdoors can improve one’s mental health, wellbeing and physical health.

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Getting outdoors for an event and ‘gathering’ with other people while showcasing various artwork is considered particularly important as health studies have shown that those with poor mental health are more likely to experience social exclusion and higher levels of inequalities.

It was organised by Greening Camglen and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which is now in its 16th year.

The theme for the festival is "gather" as lockdown has had a huge impact on normal life in Cambuslang and Rutherglen, affecting services, local organizations and people in the community.

The importance of connection has been highlighted in a number of studies as being of great importance for mental health, as is getting outdoors.

Cambuslang and Rutherglen already have

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A Lanarkshire park event aimed to helping combat mental health problems has been hailed a success by organisers.
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