A GROUP that provides support for mental health through outdoor retreats has received the support of the Penrith and the Border MP.

Mind Over Mountains is helping local people reconnect with the great outdoors during the lockdown as a way to be more mindful.

In July, they will be offering socially distanced guided walks in the Lake District alongside virtual coaching on mindfulness.

Alex Staniforth, co-founder of Mind Over Mountains, said: “We are determined to provide safe and responsible access to the outdoors for those most affected by COVID-19 as quickly as possible. “Following the isolation of lockdown the opportunity to reconnect with the outdoors, learn self-help skills, and ‘walk and talk’ with like-minded people has never been more necessary.”

Their first event will take place on July 18 at Blencathra Field Studies Centre in Threlkeld with more to be announced throughout the summer.

Bursaries will also be offered to frontline NHS staff.

Dr Neil Hudson MP for Penrith and The Border said: “In the midst of the Coronavirus crisis I strongly believe it is more important than ever that we all look after our mental as well as physical well-being.” That is why I am really happy to support the great work of Mind Over Mountains and encourage people to embrace the outdoors, especially in our beautiful constituency of Penrith and The Border.