Birding and Mental Health

A Message from Joe Harkness

Hi all
Some of you may already know that I am putting together a plan for the drafting of a book entitled ‘bird therapy’ about my positive experiences with birding and my mental health. This is something I have wanted to do for the past year or so and I feel with the turn of the year, there’s no better time to actually get going with my ideas.

I hope to get some input from others though and plan a chapter of ‘interviews’ outlining other’s experiences. I have made a survey on ‘survey monkey’ to collate some information and if anybody is interested in getting involved then please visit to complete it.

I understand and appreciate that talking about ones own mental health and wellbeing can be difficult and therefore, anybody who wishes to help me but remain anonymous, please email me at I can also email the survey link to anybody if it’s easier.


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