GardenWell™ : Mental Health Programme

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Sowing and nurturing the seeds of love, compassion, acceptance and patience within the garden of your heart.

Being in nature is known, in and of itself, to have a healing effect on the mind and emotions.

What is Horticultural Therapy ?

Gardening as a form of therapy has increasingly been used as an approach to addiction and mental health treatment.

Horticultural therapy is a process in which plants and gardening activities are used to improve the body, mind and spirit of those people for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Horticultural therapy is currently being used in hospital, rehabilitation centres, disability services, aged care facilities and a range of community settings, including people's homes and community gardens.

Healing gardens are often a part of addiction treatment centres, long term care facilities and other healthcare settings.

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Gardening can help to lower stress, boost self-confidence, build teamwork, and foster perseverance. The rewards are both immediate and long term as one sees the plants and garden develop and change with the seasons. This can be as simple as having some potted herbs or plants in your home; becoming part of a community garden; or cultivating your own vegetable or flower garden on your roof if allowed or at your home.

Horticultural therapy is a professional practice that uses plants and gardening to improve mental and physical health. A horticultural therapist works with any group that can benefit from interaction with plants, including veterans, children, the elderly and those dealing with addiction and mental health problems.

Horticultural therapy is rooted in the idea that interacting with plants can bring about well-being, whether it's tending a garden or just having plants in your home.

Many studies have found that just being in nature -- such as taking a walk through a garden, a park, a forest -- can improve not only your state of mind but your blood pressure, your heart rate and your stress hormone levels and, over time, can lead to a longer life.

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