Horticulture Therapy Celebrated in Advance of Spring

Horticulture Therapy Celebrated in Advance of the Start of Spring

Somerset County Freeholder Director Brian Levine, second from left, was at Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic® on Thursday to declare the week of March 17-23 as Horticultural Therapy Week in Somerset County. Joining him, from left, were Brian J. Schilling, Ph.D., senior associate director, NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, and director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension; Laura DePrado, registered horticultural therapist, and Susan Leight, director of Carrier Clinic’s Adult Psychiatric and Addiction unit. Carrier Clinic sponsors an active horticultural therapy program that is overseen by DePrado in support of its patients. Levine noted that horticultural therapy is a time-proven practice with therapeutic benefits and, because spring officially begins with the vernal equinox on March 20, this “is an ideal time to focus our energies on the therapeutic benefits of garden environments.”

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Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic is a nonprofit Central Jersey behavioral health care provider, specializing in psychiatric and addiction treatment. Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic includes an inpatient psychiatric hospital, detoxification and rehabilitation centeradolescent and teen residential facility, and a fully accredited middle and high school for students classified emotionally disturbed. For more information about Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic and its services contact us through our website or call 1-800-933-3579.

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