Each year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show welcomes thousands of visitors from across the country to enjoy all the gardening delights on offer. Of course, this year was a little different, with the show going virtual due to Covid-19, however this didn’t stop us celebrating all the benefits gardening and the show has provided C&I.
Back in 2018, C&I won the Feel Good Garden, thanks to a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) competition, which has benefitted both staff and service users.
In a Guardian article, Andrew Kingston, Recovery Service Manager and Olivia Hull, Acting Ward Manager, speak about the benefits on the benefits the Feel Good Garden is having on both our staff and service users, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Following social distancing guidelines, staff have supported patients to get out into the garden to enjoy the greenery and the start of the sunnier weather.
Andrew said: “Each time the Chelsea Flower Show comes around, it reminds us just how grateful we are for our Feel Good Garden. We know that this year, for those who usually attend the show whether it is as a visitor or gardener themselves, it was a little different. But I hope like us at Highgate Mental Health Centre, people were still able to enjoy the essence of what the show is all about and appreciate the benefits green spaces and gardening have on our mental wellbeing.”
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 020 3317 6333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.