Swimming and mental health

Outdoor swimming has huge benefits for your mental health. But how can you make the most of those benefits?

Last week was Mental Health Awareness week. For me, it culminated in leading a group as part of the Feelgood Festival, an event organised by the wonderful We're Aware. The swim was a small part of the festival, and an even smaller part of the festival's remit. And walking past suicide prevention banners as gazebos were being erected and stalls set up made me realise how far we've come in getting the issue of mental health into the mainstream.

We're all in it together

In my life, I have dealt with chronic stress, anxiety, seasonal affective disorder and postnatal depression. And that's just me. In my extended family, we have coped with depression, eating disorders, anxiety, alcoholism and bipolar disorder. In fact, seven