Monday, 22 September 2014

Allotment Antidote

Mental health is an issue close to my heart, I've blogged about my experience in the past.

A few weeks ago when working as the Tour de France reporter for BBC Radio Sheffield I reported on the cycling session in Hillsborough Park for people who've been sectioned.

Now, I've been to film a story for BBC Look North on a charity in Sheffield which is dramatically improving the lives of people with mental health problems by supporting them to run their own allotment. SAGE Greenfingers is celebrating its tenth birthday and over that time it's helped hundreds of people suffering with conditions including schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder. As an allotment owner myself, I can say I get as much mental as physical benefit from working the land and growing my own : )

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1 comment:

  1. Working with the soil makes you feel - literally and metaphorically - in touch with the earth, air and spirit. I'm not surprised it helps people in evey way. I wish I had known that when I was depressed.
    The Romans knew about the effect of physical activity on body and mind; mens sana in corpore sano