Molly NadeauFollow

Publication Date

Spring 4-23-2019


School of Health Sciences


Health Promotion: Clinical Track


horticultural therapy, refugees, post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, occupational therapy


Occupational Therapy | Other Rehabilitation and Therapy | Psychiatric and Mental Health


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cites that there are an unprecedented number of refugees. As of 2017, over 68.5 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, with 25.4 million of this group being classified as refugees (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2018). Often, mental health issues arise from the trauma that they face. Recently, the use of horticultural therapy, which uses gardening and plant-based activities as a form of treatment, has shown mental health improvements in military veterans and active duty soldiers diagnosed with stress related disorders. This paper will describe the role of horticultural therapy use in military veterans and active duty soldiers diagnosed with PTSD and apply these findings to refugee populations suffering from PTSD.