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. About ten people are involved in each scheme, which can involve NHS staff as well as volunteers from the commission. Darren, who took part in a project in Perth and Kinross earlier this year, said he was keen to take part to help him get out and about and meet other people. Mostly I enjoyed the walking and seeing the wildlife, he said. The staff were really nice and the other people taking part were also really nice. It really helped getting me out of the house and getting me active. Darren, from Perth, said he would be keen to take part in other Branching Out programmes if he was given the chance.
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How to break health care’s stranglehold on workers
Everyone pays the same. All of these strategies weaken traditional health-care providers secretive control of the market. Its not a law that health-care in the U.S. must cost twice as much as anywhere else. Weve built those disproportionate costs into our health-care economics over the last 30 years.
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