New 'Buddy Bench' Installed In Frost Park To Promote Mental Health

Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017 15:16 PM

A brand new bench has been installed in Yarmouth's Frost Park.

It's engraved with the message 'sit and chat a while.'

The bench was donated by the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia to raise awareness of the value of personal interaction as a way to enhance mental and physical health.

Past President of the Association Dr. Shelley Goodwin says this initiative is starting in Yarmouth.

"It's a beautiful space for people to come and sit and have a chat. It's an opportunity for us to put away our technology and to actually have face-to-face conversations."

Current President Todd Leader says the association is interested in promoting mental health, not just treating mental illness.

He says this a great first step in that role.

"It's great to have someone listen to your story and show some empathy. We're thrilled to be able to create a space that will help support mental health."

The group hopes to continue the project in other communities.

Councillor Jim MacLeod was on hand for the unveiling.

He says this is part of a new asset donation program, where organizations can donate money or items for the beautification of the town.