Posted: 03/07/2013 at 07:56
Didn't Monty Don do some work with drug addicts some time back? i don't think it worked very well and it went very quiet on the subject. Same with jamie oliver and his 15 foundation. Kids with major problems were given a fantastic opportunity, but there was a really high dropout rate. I would have preferred to see kids who had limited opportunities given a boost, ones who were keen and not throw it back in his face.
I do think that hard physical work is often the answer for mild depression, although if someone has full blown clinical depression, then they can't even get out of bed, so its hard to get started.
A lot of people are generally depressed about their living conditions, lack of money, lack of job, hate the job, etc, and being busy doing a garden is a lot better than sitting and moping.