The Mind Garden is about inspiring us to connect with each other for our mental health. When you’re struggling with your mental health, sharing what you’re going through can change everything.
It's designed by 8-time RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Andy Sturgeon. Gardens have been a refuge for Andy during difficult periods in his own life. So, for The Mind Garden, he's created a place where others can connect, share experiences and find comfort together.
After the Chelsea Flower Show has ended, we’ll transport The Mind Garden to one or more of our local Minds across England and Wales. So people will be able to support each other in The Mind Garden for many years to come.
Trigger warning - the video below contains mentions of physical and sexual abuse
At its highest point, a circular seating area creates a sanctuary for conversation. Set within curved clay-rendered walls, it’s a place to sit side-by-side and share experiences and advice, surrounded by meadow-like spaces and calming birch trees. A gravel path then arcs down to a lower level, bringing people together before the garden opens out before them. In this way, the design reflects how it can feel to open up to others about your mental health. First, it brings people closer, then there is a sense of release and of possibility.
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Spending time in green space or bringing nature into our everyday life can benefit our mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have many positive effects, such as:
For young people:
Ecotherapy is a formal type of treatment that involves doing outdoor activities in nature.
To find an ecotherapy programme in your area:
We have listed local Minds that provide ecotherapy and other nature-based support programmes at the bottom of this section.
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Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. Through The Mind Garden, we hope many more people will discover the power of peer support and understand for themselves how it can help connections with others to bloom.
The Mind Garden is about inspiring us to connect with each other for our mental health. Here are some different ways that you can do that - whether it's connecting online, in person or in nature. Take a look or share with someone you love.
Visit Side by Side, our online supportive community. A safe place to listen and be heard.
Connect at a peer support group at your local Mind. Or find one via our online peer support directory.
Find out more about how spending time in nature can help your mental health and wellbeing.
Solange, Mike and Glen share their stories about how connecting in nature or connecting with others has been transformative for their mental health.
Solange blogs about how gardening has helped her cope with her bipolar disorder.
Mike blogs about how working as a horticulturist helped him return to the world after facing severe depression.
Glenn blogs about how volunteering on a nature project with Mind has given him new confidence after an episode of depression.
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