SGCH plant for better mental health

SGCH staff Sarah, Stephanie, Jessica and Diana with their plants.
SGCH staff Sarah, Stephanie, Jessica and Diana with their plants.

St George Community Housing (SGCH) staff at Bonnyrigg have a new outlook at work this week thanks to their creative R U OK? Day event last week.

The Community Housing Provider teamed up with Bunnings to paint their own pots and plant succulents that they can then keep on their desk at work.

SGCH Group chief executive, Scott Langford said studies have found that plants can have a number of benefits in the workplace.

“...including increasing creativity, providing a nicer environment to work in and reducing noise and stress – in short, they can help improve mental health,” he said.

“More than 3000 Australians suicide each year, so we wanted to get behind R U OK? Day, inspire others to start conversations every day of the year and help reduce the stigma around mental illness and suicide.”

Mr Langford said some of their tenants often experience feelings of isolation and loneliness so they encourage them to connect with each other “regularly and meaningfully”. To help facilitate this they hosted an R U OK? picnic.

“Sometimes conversations can be too big for friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours but by increasing awareness of mental health and suicide and encouraging people to talk to each other, we hope that we can also increase the likelihood of people seeking professional support as soon as it’s needed,” he said.