Spring has definitely sprung in the Walker courtyard, with the newest addition of the enclosed trampoline, along with many new flowers & vegetables planted by patients.
The trampoline was part of a $10,000 grant that was won for the Walker unit to revamp the outdoor areas. Many patients enjoy using the trampoline for exercise, to de-stress or as a distraction.
The Walker courtyard also provides an opportunity for patients to get their hands into some soil, to reconnect to nature and to plant flowers or vegetables from seeds. It’s wonderful for them to see their progress and growth, producing beautifully coloured flowers or vegetables they can eat.
Spending time in the garden helps them focus on the bigger picture which can help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Also, the physical aspect of gardening releases feel-good chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine, which in the long run makes them happy!