Outdoor footwear brand Merrell has joined forces with mental health charity Mind to promote the benefits of time and experiences in the outdoors on mental health.

With the aim of inspiring people to get hiking, trekking and trail running and to reap the rewards of spending time outside, the collaboration will see Merrell become headline sponsor of the Mind Charity Hike events.

The Mind Hikes are some of the charity’s most popular fundraising events and offer people the opportunity to explore locations and accomplish new goals whilst raising vital funds for their work to ensure everyone with a mental health issue gets the support and respect they deserve.

Research shows that one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year and only a quarter of people with mental health problems in the UK receive support each year.

Karen Bolton, Head of Community & Events Fundraising at Mind, said: “Spending time outdoors can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health. Being outside in nature can help improve your mood, reduce feelings of anger and loneliness, help you feel more relaxed and confident and improve your fitness level.”

Discover how you can get involved in a charity trekking event here.