Rebecca Pow Speaks on World Mental Health Day

To commemorate this year’s “World Mental Health Day”, Taunton Deane MP raised the subject in Parliament during this week’s “Five Year Forward View for Mental Health” debate.

A known advocate of all things green, Rebecca asked, “The charity Mind recently produced a report called “Feel better outside, feel better inside”, which advocated the benefits of eco-therapy—using activities such as gardening, farming and exercise. The National Garden Scheme has also produced a publication on this. Is the treatment being utilised within the NHS? “.

Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, responded, “I thank my hon. Friend for her work in this area. Yes, I can give her that assurance. It is welcome that local authorities and clinical commissioning groups are considering innovative approaches concentrating on wellbeing, as well as acute services, and eco-therapy is part of that agenda.”