Doctors prescribe houseplants for anxiety, depression, and loneliness

We love houseplants and know they have lots of benefits – from air purifying to just making your rented flat feel a little more homely.

And now GP practice in Manchester is prescribing plants to help people with anxiety, depression and loneliness.

The idea is that patients get herbs, veg and pot plants to care for and they then bring it back to the surgery to transfer it to the communal garden.

The new scheme – believed to be a first in the country – gives patients a chance to join in with further gardening and social activities. It’s based on the idea that spending time in green spaces can help to lift your mood.

It’s been launched by Cornbrook Medical Practice in inner-city Hulme, where many patients live in flats and may not have access to gardens or greenery.

Read more at Metro (Laura Abernethy)

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