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Gardening for Mental Health

Ep. 16

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this month, and Jimmy will be joined by a selection of guests who will tell us how nature can have an impact our bodies and our minds.


First up, it’s gardener and psychiatrist Sue Stuart-Smith, author of the bestselling book, The Well Gardened Mind. 


Gardening has been shown to not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. 


Sue talks about her research on gardening’s healing effects, and shares some of her case studies with prison inmates, soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder engaged in horticultural programs, and patients who are grieving and have depression.


You can find out more about Sue’s book here, and her Serge Hill garden project here.


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