Ecotherapy

Blooming Minds is an ecotherapy programme in Malta designed by BirdLife Malta and the Richmond Foundation to help people living with mental health problems.

By working collaboratively, we have used our respective areas of expertise to develop an engaging and inclusive programme of outdoor sessions that will work to improve people’s mental health as well as foster an appreciation for the environment and the benefits of spending time in nature.

Outdoor sessions are happening regularly with the assistance of specialist support workers overseen by project coordinators. The sessions cover a variety of activity levels and are designed according to the season to ensure maximum engagement, participation and effectiveness.

We created a Facebook page where we will share information about mental health in Malta that will be useful not only for people that struggle with mental health problems, but also for people who support them, and for everyone who wants to be aware of this issue. We invite everyone to join our group. We believe that informed people are less vulnerable because they can recognise the problem at the very beginning and they learn about the ways to deal with it.

In October 2019 we launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to allow us to continue ecotherapy after the end of the project’s initial funding. The campaign – which was launched on World Mental Health Day 2019 – is now closed, but you can still donate to our project via the donation button below. With your help, this life-changing project can make a difference.

Project videos

Timeline

June 2018
The concept of an ecotherapy project in Malta was created

August 2018
BirdLife Malta and Richmond Foundation started their cooperation and created Blooming Minds

November 2018
BirdLife Malta and Richmond Foundation win the third prize in the Social Impact Awards (SIA) and received the initial financial support

December 2018-May 2019
Research, preparation of sessions, trainings between BirdLife Malta and Richmond Foundation

June 2019
Launch of the Facebook group that will serve as a platform for people who want to get information about mental health and ways to cope with problems in this area

10th June 2019
First ecotherapy session

June-August 2019
Work on improvement of the program based on the results of the pilot ecotherapy session.

September 2019 – June 2020
Ecotherapy sessions for clients of Richmond Foundation that living with mental health problems.

10th October – 30th November
Crowdfunding campaign. Our aim is to raise €5,000 that will allow us to continue ecotherapy after initial funding ends.

Partners

Help the project

You can help the project in many different ways:

Donation. If you want to support our project you can donate any small amount you can. To make a donation click here and specify you are donating for Blooming Minds.

Sponsorship and cooperation. We are happy to be partners with any corporate citizen. Contact our Project Manager (sarah.brady@birdlifemalta.org) to discuss how can we partner.

Become a media partner. 50% of the people in Malta struggle to find information on mental health. If you agree that mental wellbeing depends on the level of awareness, help us to solve this problem. If you are a journalist, or a blogger, or have a way how to explain to the public about our project, please contact us for comments and detailed information on nathaniel.attard@birdlifemalta.org.