Swipe to the right

Mountains for the Mind

Mountains for the Mind
31 July 2019

Mental health – out in the open

One in four people in Britain experience mental health problems each year and one in six of us report them to our GP every single week. BUT it’s been scientifically proven that spending time outdoors is a powerful natural anti-depressant, and regular exercise can reduce the risk of depression by 30%.

That’s why we’re working in partnership with Trail magazine and the mental health charity Mind to launch Mountains for the Mind  – a major new campaign to spread the word about the benefits of being outside. This is something we're extremely passionate about because we know exposure to nature can lift your mood and that regular exercise can be a more effective treatment than taking medication.  


Being in the hills makes my heart sing. It makes me feel alive.

‘Being in the hills makes my heart sing. It makes me feel alive’

Read more inspirational stories and examples of how the mountains have helped raise spirits and changed lives.

At its heart is our desire to get mental health out in the open, and we believe in the power of the mountains to change lives. Read full details of the campaign in the March issue of Trail magazine (in shops Thursday 24th January) then help us spread the word by pledging your support.

There are also plenty of free routes to help you plan your next outdoor adventure.

Walking Outdoors


This summer we’re donating £5 from every Merrell purchase to Mind, the mental health charity.

With the nimble but durable MQM Flex, there’s no better time to upgrade your hiking footwear.

Merrell - Mind charity


Guided Walks

July 28th was a day moment for the Mountains for the Mind campaign, with members of its fast-growing Facebook community coming together to organise the first-ever group walk.

An event that was brilliantly organised and run by a team of voluntary Mountain Leaders and Mental Health First Aiders from Black Dog Outdoors.Black Dog Outdoors guided walk

The group included a real mix of ages and abilities, with participants travelling hundreds of miles (one all the way from Cornwall!) to walk, talk and explore the Northern Fells together.

Their next walks are:

  • 28 Sep - Cairngorms
  • 26 Oct - Ben Nevis (for Mountains for the Mind)
  • 9 Nov - Yorkshire Dales
  • 30 Dec - Whitby / Robin Hoods Bay

For more information on future free guided wellbeing walks, visit: www.blackdogoutdoors.co.uk


Help and Support

If you think you or someone you know may be at immediate risk of harming themselves, phone 999 or go to A&E.

While walking in the mountains and being in nature can help you manage your mental health and well-being, if you are struggling to manage your thoughts and feelings it’s important you reach out and tell someone. There are lots of sources of support and treatments available.

If you are at risk of harming yourself, seek help immediately. You can call 999 and ask for an ambulance or go to A&E. If you don’t want to do that, or just need some advice and support, here are some other sources of information and support that you may find useful.

Other sources of support:

Walking Outdoors Support

Please remember that walking in the mountains may or may not be appropriate if you are in a state of distress.
Please take care of yourself first.