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Healthy Oceans, Healthy Minds

Take key actions that contribute to the health of our seas and inland waterways that in turn benefits people’s health and wellbeing.

It feels that week by week our world continues to change, Covid-19 still consumes our conversations and thoughts. Although the current restrictions are undeniably necessary to flatten the spread of the virus itself, the impact of this new and enforced way of living on health and wellbeing is significant – with levels of worry, stress, and anxiety are already showing upwards trends.

Whilst nothing is certain, it is fair to anticipate that this 'period of lockdown', as we've come to know it, will be repeated in future months to tackle the spread of the disease. The Live Here Love Here team recognised this and developed a new, exciting campaign called Healthy Oceans, Healthy Minds.

Thanks to Rolling Can Media for the fabulous promotional video

In November 2020 we ran a number of online activities including webinars, social media content, storytelling, blogs and more. Please click the buttons below to download our full events programme where you can read more about each of the speakers and read our blogs. 

All our talks were recorded and can be found on our YouTube page here. 

Download our programme

In At The Deep End - Speaker Bios

The Ripple Effect - social & blogs

Check out our blogs here

Our mission for Healthy Oceans Healthy Minds

  • Inspire and re-establish people’s connection with our seas and waterways post Covid-19.
  • Raise awareness of the benefits a healthy marine environment and the connection to nature/outdoors can make to our physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Educate people on alternative choices/habits they can adopt that help protect our seas and waterways from further damage and pollution.
  • Motivate and empower people to take individual positive actions now (even in lockdown) to protect our seas and waterways.

Tell us about you and your connection with the outdoors

We would like you to take this survey so we can better understand peoples' relationship with mental health and the outdoors, it should only take about 5 minutes and will help us monitor the impact of the campaign.

Take our Survey

Your story is important too

Throughout the month we would like to hear from you - if you have a story that connects you to the outdoors, the sea, the coast or inland waterways, if you have advice or a testimonial, please email us.

Mental Health can be a sensitive issue, and while it is important to speak about, we know that stories can be personal. If you would still like to share your story with us and our followers but remain anonymous, please let us know.

Further help during these times

If you want to talk about how you feel or how you deal with someone else's behaviour, you can speak to a friend, family member, your GP or any of these services below: 


If you or someone you know needs help, you can telephone Lifeline free at any time. Lifeline is a crisis response helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people in Northern Ireland. It offers immediate help over the telephone if you, or someone you know, is in distress or despair. 

Telephone: 0808 808 8000 

Lifeline website 

The Samaritans 

The Samaritans offer a 24-hour telephone helpline: 028 9066 4422 (local call charges apply) 

National telephone:116 123 (this number is free to call) 

textphone: 08457 90 91 92 

The Samaritans website


If you're under 19, you can contact Childline.

Telephone: 0800 1111 

Childline website