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Working with health professionals and commissioners
Briefing: Commissioning ecotherapy to improve physical and mental health [PDF: 675KB]
This briefing details a number of ecotherapy-style services that have been commissioned by clinical commissioning groups and public health teams.
Briefing: Growing Well: Building links with GPs and social prescribing [PDF: 313KB]
Growing Well in Cumbria supports people to take part in farming activities to improve their mental health. The project has run a social prescribing pilot with local GPs.
Briefing: PoLLeN: Building links with health professionals [PDF: 432]
PoLLeN is an innovative horticultural project that's co-located at a health centre in Bromley by Bow.
Getting the support of the wider community
Briefing: York House: Using ecotherapy to engage the wider community [PDF: 349KB]
Mind BLMK started an ecotherapy project at the York House Centre, that helped to transform the grounds and open them up for community use.
Briefing: Wellbeing Comes Naturally: Using environmental conservation to improve community cohesion [PDF: 511KB]
The Conservation Volunteers used their Green Gym programme to support people with mental health problems in local green spaces. This proved to be a great way of reducing stigma and getting the wider community engaged in conservation.
Using ecotherapy with people who have specific support needs
Briefing: Putting Down Roots: Using ecotherapy to support homeless people [PDF: 362KB]
St Mungo's Broadway use horticulture to engage homeless people in a service that helps them to learn new skills and improve their mental and physical health.
Briefing: Green Therapy for Survivors of Torture: Using ecotherapy to work with people who have experienced trauma [PDF: 454KB]
Freedom from Torture uses horticulture to rehabilitate traumatised men and women through a project called Natural Growth.
Briefing: Healthy Parks, Healthy Minds: Ecotherapy for people with enduring mental health problems [PDF 367KB]
Groundwork has developed a service that helps people with a wide range of mental health problems, including people with severe and enduring problems.
Briefing: Growing Skills: Developing skills and confidence of people with mental health problems [PDF 398KB]
Trees for Cities has created a project that improved the skills and confidence of people with mental health problems who have been unemployed for long periods.
Creating safe, person-centred ecotherapy services
Briefing: Idle Valley Ecominds: Creating a person-centred service and strengthening participant decision making [PDF: 359KB]
Staff and volunteers worked closely to make sure ecotherapy sessions at Idle Valley Nature Reserve were supportive and met their needs.
Briefing: The Green Team: Using ecotherapy to create a safe and supportive space for adults with mental health problems [PDF: 384KB]
Project staff worked with service users to create a safe and unthreatening environment at the Stroud Valleys Project.