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    The quiet seat at our Royal Hospital Chelsea garden
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    Gardening Leave tends to
    the invisible wounds of conflict

    An estimated 20% of veterans carry a mental wound; and these need as much healing as any physical wound. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, increased levels of anxiety, hyper-vigilance, insomnia, inability to concentrate, mood swings, intrusive thoughts, depression, possible psychosis, and substance misuse/self-medication. As a result many veterans become socially isolated, staying indoors and unable to work.

    Whatever the cause of the mental health issues veterans – younger or older, male or female, with or without physical wounds – are referred to us to help support their healing and transition to civilian life.

    Gardening Leave uses horticultural therapy to support our troubled veterans on their journey to good health and their transition to civilian life. We offer professionally conducted, individualised, goal-oriented treatment sessions to maximise a veteran’s physical, psychological and social strength, and enhance general health and wellbeing.

    Read or download our leaflet (pdf)

    Learn about Gardening Leave and how we work in our Royal Hospital Chelsea garden in the video below. Second video at our Ayr garden.

    (Reproduced with permission from our friends at British Forces News).

    Learn more about Gardening Leave and how we work in our Ayr (Auchincruive) garden in the video below.

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    RT @EmmaEHoward Drum roll...the Guardian/Observer mental health appeal raised almost £400,000: close to double last year's.THANK YOU! theguardian.com/society/2015/…

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    RT @starwards @gardening_leave Plus v nice to be in touch with you. Such a brilliant, greatly needed, multi-beneficial project. Heroes deserve this.

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