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New photography exhibition for mental wellbeing to come to Eden Court next month

By Imogen James

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Dr Nick Barnes
Dr Nick Barnes

A nature photography exhibition, which aims to help improve young people’s emotional wellbeing, will open at Eden Court on Saturday.

'Portraits of Recovery' was created by Trees for Life, NHS Highland’s Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and High Life Highland.

The project is designed to encourage young people to connect with the natural world around them to help improve their wellbeing and mental health.

It includes 30 photographs of nature as well as individual reflections from pupils at Invergarry Primary School, Kilchuimen Academy, and young people who attend Arnisdale and Glenelg Youth Club and NHS Highland CAMHS.

Dr Nick Barnes from Highland CAMHS said: “I am passionate about seeking opportunities for emotional support for young people to be taken out of the clinic.

"It isn’t an environment children and young people necessarily want to come to, so using creativity and connecting with nature as a restorative experience opens up a dialogue and offers a different means of expression to talk about emotional wellbeing and mental health.”

Jim Hume.
Jim Hume.

Jim Hume from Support in Mind Scotland added: “We decided to support the Nature Photography event organised by Trees for Life as it encourages young people to spend time in nature to support their mental health.

"We think this is a fun and engaging way to spend time outdoors and connect to nature, as photography can help us slow down and appreciate the natural beauty around us.”

The opening of the exhibition coincides with the launch of the Highlands Green Leadership SCQF Award, an award created by Trees for Life and High Life Highland as part of High Life Highland’s Youth Leadership programme to recognise young people connecting with nature and their leadership skills.

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