Mind Your Garden Kick Off Event, 9/28/19

MIND YOUR GARDEN

Did you know that living in the city can increase your risk of mental illness by 40%?

We want to change this number by making our community aware of what everyone has access to: the outside.

Walking in a natural environment can actually lower brain activity associated with depression.

In partnership with Texas A&M Forest Services, we will be starting a new program called Mind Your Garden which will focus on the relationship between mental health and the environment.

There are 3 phases of this program!

Phase 1:

We hosted a free kick off event with fun activities and educational booths that provided our community with resources that promote good mental health. There was be yoga, forest therapy, live music, food trucks, face painting, puppies, and more.

Everyone was provided a yard sign to promote our mental health message after the event!

Phase 2: 

Practicing Mental Health Exercises and EcoTherapy at Home! Here are some free resources to continue mind your garden where ever you are. 

Forest Kid’s WorkBook: Download Here!

Mental Health Coloring Pages: Download Here!

Mind Your Garden Journal (includes mental health exercises): Download Here!

Find Your Tree: Download Coming Soon

Find Your Green Space Map 

 

Resources/Research:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/sour-mood-getting-you-down-get-back-to-nature

https://www.asla.org/healthbenefitsofnature.aspx

 

Phase 3 coming soon!