Friday, 9 April 2010

Beyond blue to green - Open spaces and mental health

It may be stating the obvious that getting out into the countryside or enjoying our cities' parks and gardens is good for us. However, this has now been confirmed by a review of research on the links between mental health (in particular, depression and anxiety), well-being and green spaces.

Funded by beyondblue: the national depression initiative, the study, Beyond Blue to Green: The benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being reviews Australian and international research, and shows there is a significant relationship between people's mental health and the greenness of their local environment.

Associate Professor Mardie Townsend of Deakin University's Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences says there is growing evidence to indicate that having access to the natural environment improves health and well-being, as well as preventing disease and helping people to recover from illness.

Perhaps it's why people work in the bush : lots of green -- and red -- in GWAHS !

Media Release

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