Volunteers to transform blighted vacant lot into community garden; marks first
of planned series of LA County “greening” projects to improve mental health
WHAT: Volunteers and community leaders will gather to announce a new work in progress as they transform a blighted vacant lot into a vibrant community garden. DMH initiated this pilot project in response to a new peer-reviewed study showing the mental health of residents in urban neighborhoods can be dramatically improved by simply cleaning up and “greening” blighted vacant lots. DMH expects the new community garden in Watts to mark the first of a series of “greening” projects across LA County.
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a controlled randomized trial that documented a 41.5% decrease in feelings of depression and a staggering 62.8% drop in self-reported “poor mental health” – as compared to a control group of similar people and neighborhoods where blighted lots went untouched.
DMH is partnering with From Lot to Spot, a local non-profit dedicated to creating more green space in underserved communities. Project support comes from Mental Health Service Act (Prop. 63) funds earmarked for prevention and early intervention.
WHEN: Monday, September 10, 2018
WHERE: 9310 Wilmington Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90002
CONTACT: Nerissa Silao, DDK Communications Nadia Gonzalez, Puente Strategies