Gar­den­ing can help beat de­pres­sion

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JOSEPH ATTANASIO

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.

Lee Sullivan,

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