Gardening in an evidenced-based way to improve mood and self-esteem
One in four of us will directly experience a mental health problem.
Is it possible that therapeutic intervention can substantially reduce mental distress, and is available on our doorsteps? Should people with mental health challenges be given the opportunity to engage with therapeutic horticulture instead of, or in addition to, drugs and psychological therapy?
We believe the answer to all these questions is ‘yes’. The evidence base for eco-therapy is growing stronger and we have the personal stories to prove it.
Is MindFood for me?
We support people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, as well as people who want to take steps to prevent mental ill health.
The courses are able to support people who:
- Are over the age of 18
- Have a GP as their primary clinician
- Are a resident in West London
We are accessible by public transport with Hanger lane & Alperton tube stations being a 5 minute walk, and regular buses nearby.
By bike, both are sites are very close to canal routes, and we have secure places to store your bike.
We encourage anyone interested to get in touch to discuss whether MindFood would be right for you.
The natural environment
MindFood wants to play it’s role in the growing success of ecotherapy by helping to reconnect people with mental health issues, with earth and nature, which has been proven to have a powerful therapeutic effect.
Leading mental health charity Mind, and the Uni of Essex carried out research where they found 94% of interviewees agreed that eco-therapy benefited their mental health.
Since coming to us, participants agreed or strongly agreed:
80% feeling calmer
80% feeling greater sense of purpose
90% feeling less isolated
82% feeling happier
100% feeling physically fitter
70% are sleeping better
71% are eating healthier foods