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New handbook to help prescribe nature for mental health and wellbeing

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health has produced this handbook . They say: “Understanding how the power of nature can help people improve their mental health and overcome conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress has been boosted thanks…
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‘My doctor prescribed rambling for lockdown anxiety’

Angie Brown reports for BBC Scotland: “An Edinburgh widower who was struggling with mental health issues due to the isolation of lockdown has walked 2,000 miles in a year after his doctor prescribed that he join the Ramblers. Jim Snodgrass, 84,…
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Nature ‘more important than ever during lockdown’

Reporting for the BBC , Helen Briggs writes: “About one in 10 households across Great Britain has no access to a private or shared garden. This rises to one in five households in London.” “Data has confirmed what many suspected: nature and green spaces…
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What accounts for ‘England’s green and pleasant land’? A panel data analysis of mental health and land cover types in rural England

This research paper has been published in Landscape and Urban Planning. Highlights: Rural land cover associations with mental health estimated from hybrid models.Intra-rural change to more natural space associated with mental health change.Land cover types differentially associated with mental health within individuals.Farmland,…
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Residential green space in childhood is associated with lower risk of psychiatric disorders from adolescence into adulthood

This research article has been co-authored by Kristine Engemann, Carsten Bøcker Pedersen, Lars Arge, Constantinos Tsirogiannis, Preben Bo Mortensen and Jens-Christian Svenning. As published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS), the abstract says: “Urban…
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Green neighbourhoods linked to improved mental health, says study

The Independent newspaper reports (April 2018) that: “Natural neighbourhoods lined with trees, gardens, and flowering plants can be a green ‘pill’ for depression and anxiety, according to the largest study of mental health and nature in British cities. The research, by…
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