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Make bread? It is better than Prozac for fighting depression. He is convinced of it John Whaite, the 2012 Great British Bake Off winner himself suffering from a paralyzing depression, who became ambassador for the Real Bread Campaign.
The English association has recently published a report on the therapeutic and social benefits that baking offers to people in difficulty. The document includes the results of a new survey, the testimonies of people who have benefited from the production of bread in their mental health problems, or simply in difficult times, and the examples of companies that have given them the opportunity to try their hand at baking real bread to help them.
In fact, there are many bakeries across the country that are supporting a whole series of social challenges, precisely through bread. They include the Better Health Bakery in Haggerston, east London, which offers training placements for adults with mental health problems, Aberdeen's the bread maker, a social enterprise offers work placements for adults with learning difficulties, and Dough Devils, a cooperative run by a group of ex-convicts.
Paul Youd, in Taunton, Somerset, runs baking sessions for the parents and children hosted in homeless shelters and for those suffering from domestic abuse. He writes his experience on the blog No Bread Is an Island. Even at Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne, Dorset, the mental health medical team runs a therapeutic cooking group for its patients with senile dementia. The beauty of bread is also this. What are you waiting for to get your hands on?
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