Recent scientific studies show that your neighbourhood can influence your mental health. Access to parks and public green spaces has proven to help lower city dwellers’ levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
According to Environmental Science & Technology author Ian Alcock, “…individuals who move to greener areas have significant and long-lasting improvements in mental health.”
Even after factors known to influence well-being, such as education, employment and income were considered, access and proximity to green spaces equated to significant and sustained improvements in mental wellbeing.
According to mental health author, Kieran Delamont: “Green space does not inherently reduce the issues that hit downtrodden neighborhoods the hardest. But quality green space – that is, green space that is designed with improving mental health in mind (even if those mechanisms are not yet well understood) – can”.
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