Gardening can help beat depression
GARDENER Lee Sullivan says her vegetable patch is not just a hobby, it’s a therapeutic outlet.
The mother of two from Blacksmiths Beach said her impressive garden had helped her not only through post-natal depression but also to grow some of the most colourful and quirky vegetables in the country.
“I did have some mild postnatal depression after my first child,” she said.
“I lost my identity being a new mum, I felt I was being consumed by my son and I’d lost a sense of who I was.
“Starting my vegetable garden gave me back a sense of who I was. It was my own thing for me and in the process it was so healing.”
Stunning images of Ms Sullivan’s garden have attracted a huge following on Instagram with more than 80,000 followers.
Ms Sullivan will be a guest speaker at Lake Macquarie Council’s Living Smarter Festival on September 27 to 29 and said she encouraged all people to come along, hear her story and see how gardening might be able to benefit them.
“I’ll be answering questions, talking about my journey into gardening and how it’s helped me,” she said.