Forest mental health scheme to be expanded
So employers are cutting costs by moving toward less expensive, high deductible plans. “They might be a high deductible and a higher deductible, says Darling. Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center explains “they have a deductible that could be $3,4,5 thousand. And below that the consumer’s responsible for the expenses.
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To help make the projects sustainable and cut costs, the Forestry Commission is training NHS staff in environmental skills so they can help lead the groups. The project has received funding from the Scottish Government, with additional cash from the NHS, charities and the Forestry Commission. Jo Anderson, director of external affairs at Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), said: Regular physical activity can be hugely effective in the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. Branching Out is a great example of this and the programme had a positive impact on SAMH participants, with many reporting improvements in their physical fitness as well as their confidence and self-esteem. Initiatives like Branching Out are of great significance to the one in four Scots who will experience a mental health problem every year. Case study: I enjoyed the wildlife it really helped get me outdoors When 22-year-old Darren was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he was referred to one of the Branching Out projects run by the Forestry Commission.
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