WC Health Dept project could improve mental health patients' job prospects

The department and non-profit organisation Spring Foundation launched the program in 2012 at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital.

Gardening tools. Picture: Pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape Health Department says a project that combines gardening and mental health therapy could improve patients’ chances for future employment.

At least 80 patients have benefited from the “Market Garden”, a project that aims to improve the mental and physical well-being of psychiatric patients through outdoor activities.

The department and non-profit organisation Spring Foundation launched the program in 2012 at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital.

Two patients have been successfully discharged from the facility following their participation in the “Market Garden.”

Western Cape Health’s Bianca Carls says: “A further benefit is educational development, which improves their prospect of future employment after discharge.

“This is a great challenge for many individuals who are discharged from psychiatric facilities.”