Health film for NHS Norfolk and Waveney features innovative Toft Monks farm scheme

A film capturing the journey taken by people with mental health problems who have taken part in an innovative 'farming on prescription' project has been premiered to those who took starring roles in the production.

The film was shown at NHS Norfolk and Waveney's Beccles office.

It showcases the experiences of individuals who took part in the popular initiative at Clinks Care Farm in Toftmonks, near Beccles during the year.

The farming on prescription project was a partnership between NHS Norfolk and Waveney, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Doeke Dobma and Iris van Zon, of Clinks Care Farm.

Funded by NHS Innovations East, it gives people with mental health issues the chance to be given a prescription to work on the farm for one day a week for 12 weeks.

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Kim Arber, a mental health and learning difficulties commissioning manager with NHS Norfolk and Waveney, said: 'We are really pleased that the farming on prescription initiative has been such a huge success.

'Those taking part have found the programme really worthwhile, and have either returned to work started volunteering or moved onto training and education following their placement at the farm.

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'We'd like to pass on our thanks to everyone involved with the project and who took part in the film, which was really well received by everyone who watched it.'

The film will be used to inform GPs, farmers, mental health professionals and people with mental health issues about the benefits of farming on prescription and how to set up similar projects.

The farming on prescription project runs until the end of March. Anyone with mental health issues who lives in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area and is interested in taking part should talk to their GP.

The scheme started in October 2010.

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