May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Provided by Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month is “Together for Mental Health” – Together, as a society, we can realize a shared vision of a nation where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

According to the American Psychological Association, recent psychological research suggests spending time in nature can improve our mental health and sharpen our cognition: “From a stroll through a city park to a day spent hiking in the wilderness, exposure to nature has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation”.

This May and every month, Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism encourages you to get out (either alone or with a friend or family member) and spend time in nature at a park. Whether hiking along the extensive wetlands on the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, fishing for largemouth bass at Silver Lake Regional Park, or practicing your swing at the driving range at Locust Shade Park, the astounding views of nature and wildlife are sure to impress and provide a sense of tranquility.

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