In many long-term care facilities resources to address residents' mental health are limited. A new program in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is working to address this gap in care. Seeds of Success is scheduled to debut at Northwood, a long-term care facility in Halifax, this month. It's initial focus is on group horticultural therapy. "Research shows gardening is effective in helping mood disorders. At Northwood Care, it will be done in small sessions of up to 10 people. They can refer themselves or be referred by a doctor or family member. The sessions aim to end depression and anxiety, which are common among people in long-term care says resident Trudie Helmke [member of Northwood's Mental Health Committee]. The program will begin with gardening and creative expression, then progress to work in greenhouses, relaxation and mindfulness training." To read more about this new endeavor, visit http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-care-home-develops-mental-health-treatment-plan-for-residents-1.3032012
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