Date: Tuesday July 23, 2019 at 2:37pm
the issue of mental ill-health in the workplace is all too common. So much so
that it has become the leading cause of sickness absence. A staggering 70
million workdays are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK,
costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year. (Mental Health Foundation)
so many of us work forms one of the central parts of our lives. Not only is it
where we spend a significant amount of our time making a living but it’s often
where we achieve our ambitions and make good friendships.
a fulfilling job can be good for our mental health and general wellbeing
providing a sense of purpose and direction as well as a rewarding challenge.
finding themselves excluded from working due to poor health, caused by a mental
illness, can mean the road to recovery is a rocky and lengthy one. That is why After
the Military is delighted to lend its support to a very worthy project in
the Basingstoke area and believes the wider Armed-Forces community will find it
of interest too.
Local NHS Trust, Southern Health
is linking with Sparsholt College and Help for Heroes to design and create two
new gardens for Parklands, its specialist mental health unit in Basingstoke.
The horticulture team
from Sparsholt College worked with
military veteran volunteers through the charity Help for Heroes to win a gold
medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - and both organisations are
delighted to be coming together again to support Parklands.
Parklands is home to a general
inpatient mental health ward as well as a specialist ward for serving MoD
personnel - treating around 85 people each year from the armed -forces with
conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Gardening and the outdoors have long been associated with producing a sense
of achievement and much sought-after serenity. This initiative’s foundations
are built on expert
scientific evidence supporting why rejuvenating the hospitals’ gardens will
bolster the overall wellbeing of the inpatients, as they undergo medical treatment
towards making a recovery which, for many, will be a welcome return to the
world of work.
To find out more
about this initiative or how to get involved please contact: Matthew Sheerin
at After the Military on 07517 675
038 or on email; firstname.lastname@example.org