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Local ‘Healing Garden’ Will Grow Support, Raise Awareness to Show Recovery from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders Is Possible
The plants themselves will serve as natural remedies for physical healing, while the overall garden experience can be a therapeutic process, emotionally healing for all ages
St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 8, 2015) — On Wednesday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m., the LiveFree! Coalition and Local Food Park will host a recovery month event at Jordan Park Community Garden to celebrate recovery and encourage individuals with a mental and/or substance use disorder to seek treatment and achieve a healthy, happy life.
Mental and/or substance use disorders can affect anyone, including people in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, where 188,000 persons (8 percent) aged 12 or older were recently classified as having a substance use disorder; and among adults aged 18 or older, 163,000 adults (7.7 percent) experienced a major depressive episode in the past year, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
“Our community must remain vigilant and dedicated to the recovery process by helping people address these preventable and treatable conditions, and support individuals in recovery, as well as their family members,” said Daphne Lampley of LiveFree! Coalition.
The LiveFree! Coalition and Local Food Park activities are part of Recovery Month, which is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This year, the non-profit groups will be observing Recovery Month by facilitating the creation of a Healing Garden. The event will gather community members to dedicate a keyhole garden to serve as a lasting reminder of recovery.
“It will be a unique element of the garden that we’re adding,” said Carol Smith, Local Food Park (The Local Food Project) Executive Director. “There’s something really soothing and comforting about keyhole gardens. Thanks to their design, you can step into the center and the round garden bed surrounds you; it’s something people subconsciously respond to, like an embrace from nature.”
The dedication will foster a supportive community atmosphere, where everyone will help build the Healing Garden. The keyhole garden will incorporate various plants, like orange mint, spearmint, peppermint, lemon grass, lemon balm, and chamomile which can be used to make an assortment of delicious, healing teas. The plants are natural remedies for physical healing, while the overall garden experience can be a therapeutic process, emotionally healing for all ages.
“It is important that the momentum we establish at the event is carried over to tomorrow, and the next day, week and year,” Smith said. “We all have the potential to make a difference and be visible, vocal, and valuable to help spread the message that recovery is possible.”
Source: SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2005 and 2006 (revised March 2012).
About LiveFree! Coalition
LiveFree! Coalition raises awareness about the harmful effects of substance abuse among youth, young adults and adults in Pinellas County. By offering trainings, advocacy, town hall meetings, a Speaker’s Bureau, environmental strategies and awareness events, LiveFree! encourages Pinellas County families to live safe, healthy and drug-free. For more information, visit our website at http://pinellascoalition.com or email us at email@example.com.
About Local Food Park Inc – The Local Food Project
Local Food Park Inc – The Local Food Project is a 501C3 nonprofit eco-agribusiness whose mission is to connect people to nature and healthy food as a catalyst for healthier lifestyles. The Local Food Project helps grow food, jobs and community through community gardens, community orchards, and other efforts to expand healthy food access. Its community outreach, education and training are focused on eliminating hunger, poverty, crime and social inequity. For more information, or to donate to support this work, visit our website at www.localfoodpark.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.