Did you know that there is a strong link between gardening and positive mental wellbeing? According to an article from psychology today, gardening improves your mental health by:
- Giving you a sense of responsibility to look after plants 2. Allowing you to become a nurturer 3. Connecting you to other living things 4. Helping you to relax and let go of things 5. Releasing happy hormones 6. Reminding you to stay in the present moment
For mental health week 2019, the Mustard Seed Community Garden and Activate Mental Health are joining together to promote the strong benefits of being involved in a community garden and the importance of community and social connection for positive wellbeing.
The Mustard Seed Community Garden was established in 2014 as a way to share skills, local and traditional knowledge and innovative ways of living sustainably in the local community. They are open every Wednesday between 9am-12pm and on the first Saturday of each month, also between 9am-12pm. The garden is open to the public and supports a variety of local community groups.
Activate Mental Health is a dynamic mental health initiative that looks to improve your mental wellbeing through fun social events, which promote the values of acceptance, community and fun. Established in 2016, the group operates on the social media platform meetup and hosts an array of events held by passionals volunteers. At this event Activate Mental Health group founder Rahul Seth will share his mental health story and how community and social connection has been the driving force in his recovery journey.
The event on Saturday 5th October will go for the following format:
9am - 10am general gardening
10am - 10:30am morning tea supplied
10:30am - 10:45am team-building exercises 10:45am - 11am Presentation from Rahul Seth 11am-12pm - general gardening
For more information on the Mustard Seed Community Garden please see these links:
For more information on Activate Mental Health please see the following links:
- Location: Mustard Seed Community Garden
50 Frape Avenue, Yokine
- Cost: free
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