Gardening in an evidenced based way to improve mood and self-esteem
The World Health Organization predicts depression will be the second greatest cause of ill health globally by 2020. It's a well known stat that one in four of us will directly experience mental health problem.
Is it conceivable that a therapeutic intervention that can substantially reduce the human and other costs of mental distress is available on our doorsteps? Should people with experience of mental distress be given the opportunity to engage with therapeutic horticulture instead of, or in addition to, drugs and psychological therapy? We exist because 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?
MindFood's courses are aimed at supporting people who are 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
Participants predominately come from Ealing, Brent and surrounding areas.
We are accessible by public transport with Hanger lane & Alperton tube stations being a 5 minute walk, and regular buses nearby.
We encourage anyone who feels they could benefit from being involved in our activities to get in touch to discuss whether MindFood would be right for you.
Therapeutic 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.
Mind the leading mental health charity and the University of Essex carried out research on the benefits of care farms and 94% of people interviewed commented that eco-therapy had benefited their mental health
The impact our courses have on participants
Since coming to MindFood 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 more healthier foods
72% helped to get a volunteer role