|GAC (Grupo de Acção Comunitária) – green space initiative for people with mental health problems|
|Brief Description||GAC results from the urgent need to break the effect of the revolving door on mental health – the patients were discharged from hospital but given the difficulty in adapting to the environment there was a recurrence of hospitalizations. Based on their experience in the psychiatric service of Hospital Santa Maria, a group of technicians realized that they would have to go to the community and respond in loco to the needs of patients. In addition, they would have to transcend merely medical care, beginning to contemplate the psycho-social rehabilitation of individuals.
One of the several initiatives developed with the aim of promoting the social inclusion of people with mental illness was the creation of professional courses, among them the gardening course. In the scope of this course, the beneficiaries had the opportunity to contact with the community and with nature – through the maintenance of the school gardens, the Parish Council and even the Botanical Garden – to develop technical and social skills, to feel capable of learning and performing new tasks (increased self-esteem), perceive themselves as active and integrating parts of society and were able to enter into the labor market more easily. In parallel, the green spaces of the community enjoyed adequate maintenance.
Although the professional gardening course has ended – currently beneficiaries who want to follow the path of professional training are referred to other training entities – GAP has shown openness to reestablish this initiative or to initiate similar ones.
|Field||Living/Green spaces: Improving availability, quality and use, Living/Green spaces: Other|
|Impact||Health, Equity, Environmental sustainability|
|Target Group||People with mental illness|
|INHERIT Perspective||This project has been chosen for inclusion because of its role in rehabilitate green areas for health improving. This gardening project allows the social inclusion of people with mental illness rehabilitating from psychiatric crisis. Training and subsequent entry into the labor market counteract the financial hardship of this population, which contributes to the reduction of social inequality. Also, this practice allows the maintenance of several green spaces, sensitizing the participants and the community to the preservation of these spaces.|
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|Contact||GAC, Grupo de Acção comunitária – Rua Vitor Santos, Lote R8-A, 1600-785 Lisboa, Portugal Tel.: (+351) 214074258 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|