Garden of reflection

Article image - Garden of reflection The Garden of Reflection at the Jingili Water Gardens offers a place to commemorate and cope with loss in everyday life.

City of Darwin takes mental health issues very seriously, and following a tragedy in the city’s northern suburb of Jingili in 2014, it became very clear to Council just how important it is for community members to have access to a space for personal reflection.

A ‘Garden of Reflection’ has been placed at the Jingili Water Gardens where people can practice mindfulness and reflect on life’s challenges.

Lord Mayor, Kon Vatskalis, said that the stresses of everyday life can be overwhelming.

“We hope the Garden of Reflection will encourage everyone to stop, reflect and simply enjoy the benefits of the outdoors.

“The area is situated near the Community Orchard in Jingili Water Gardens and includes an array of locally sourced plants, flowers and trees.

A focus group involving representatives from Sids and Kids, Headspace, Northern Territory (NT) Mental Health Coalition, Mental Illness Fellowship NT, NT Primary Health Network and Council officers was formed and provided advice on the design and intent of the Garden of Reflection.

The garden offers a place for respite, relief, reflection and renewal for the community.