Veterans find gardening at Topeka VA to be therapeutic activity

Newest garden for patients in Stress Disorders Treatment Program


By Katie Moore

U.S. Army veteran Mitch Sullivan has found participating in a gardening project at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka to be a therapeutic experience.

“For me, I can say it’s very therapeutic. I like watching stuff grow,” Sullivan said. “I feel like I’m raising little children.”

Sandi Jensen, nurse manager for the VA’s Psychiatric Recovery and Wellness Program, said gardening provides a purpose that is beneficial for people facing post-traumatic stress syndrome and other mental health issues. Working with your hands releases anxiety and quiets racing thoughts, Jensen said. There is also a peer support aspect that facilitates working together and communication.

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