Mental Health Month in unprecedented times

October is Mental Health Month, with World Mental Health Day taking place on 10 October each year. The World Mental Organization uses Mental Health Day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and the initiates that support mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity to discuss what is being done, what needs to be done and raise specific mental health topics on a global scale.

2020 has been a challenging time on so many levels and has seen an increase in anxiety and depression.
Anxiety can take several forms as a mental illness condition. While we can all have feelings of stress, worry and uneasiness by a confronting situation, an anxiety disorder causes much higher levels of anxiety.

The global effect of COVID-19 on people’s anxiety has been significant. In Australia, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems. In Australia, people experience some form of anxiety more than twice the rate of depressive problems. Around one million adult Australian experience depression, while over two million have anxiety.

Depression related issues are also a significant problem in their own right.

2020 continues to be a challenging time for Australians. Health and mental health facilities continue to operate and it is important for all Australians to still thing about their physical and mental wellbeing. During this time, Retreat South is still here to help you with your mental health. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you take control of your mental health and wellbeing.

How to Beat Depression, Anxiety and Stress with Garden Therapy

The therapeutic benefits of garden and natural environments have been well-known for centuries.

We have a number of gardens at Retreat South as well as the natural surroundings. Our gardens provide a tranquil environment for you during your stay. They also support many of the therapeutic, treatment and rehabilitation processes. Our treatment and activity rooms are set among the gardens and can even be treatment areas.

At Retreat South we use proven therapies as part of our client’s individually tailored programs. In addition to psychology our team bring together a number of therapies.

Our location in Victoria’s South West countryside allows us to use that location to provide another effective therapy.

Garden based therapies have shown to be beneficial in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other stress related conditions. In recent years ‘garden therapy’ has been proven to be an effective treatment for the stress recovery process. Recent studies involved participants performing a stressful task. One group read indoors and the other gardened outdoors for 30 minutes. The group that read still felt stressed, while the gardeners no longer felt stressed and even had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Here in Australia, researchers are finding many links between parks, gardens and natural settings have a positive benefit on depression and anxiety.  There are benefits in other areas too. One study found people in their 60s found who regularly gardened had a 36% lower risk of dementia than the non-gardeners. So gardening activities can be a way of maintaining good health throughout life.

Call us today to talk about how we can provide you with a treatment program for stress, anxiety, depression.