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Green spaces deliver lasting mental health benefits

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Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2014 01:54 AM by AlexMuller

Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology.

 
Analysing data that followed people over a five year period, the research has found that moving to a greener area not only improves people's mental health, but that the effect continues long after they have moved.
 
The findings add to evidence that suggests increasing green spaces in cities - such as parks and gardens - could deliver substantial benefits to public health.
 
The research is one of the first studies to consider the effects of green space over time and has used data from the British Household Panel Survey, a repository of information gathered from questionnaires filled in by households across Great Britain.
 
Using data from over 1,000 participants, the research team at the University of Exeter Medical School focused on two groups of people: those who moved to greener urban areas, and those who relocated to less green urban areas.
 
They found that, on average, movers to greener areas experienced an immediate improvement in mental health that was sustained for at least 3 years after they moved. The study also showed that people relocating to a more built up area suffered a drop in mental health. Interestingly this fall occurred before they moved; returning to normal once the move was complete.
 
The authors adjusted their data to remove effects from other factors likely to affect mental health over time – such as income, employment and education – as well as factors related to personality. Lead researcher, Dr Ian Alcock, believes the study's results could have important implications:
 
"We've shown that individuals who move to greener areas have significant and long-lasting improvements in mental health. These findings are important for urban planners thinking about introducing new green spaces to our towns and cities, suggesting they could provide long term and sustained benefits for local communities."
 
In 2012 the World Health Organisation cited depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide, and this study builds on research that has found natural environments could act as vital resources to improve health and wellbeing.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-09
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It is natural to consider that people evolved to be adapted to particular environment that is consequently lass stressful - cities could be very disturbing with all the crowds and noises Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-09
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They needed to answer important questions about how the effects of green space vary over time. Do people experience a novelty effect, enjoying the new green area after the move, but with the novelty then wearing off? Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-09
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Recently it has been suggested that green spaces 'can save NHS billions'. That requires that everyone had access to green spaces. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-09
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I agree that the link between "healthy woods and healthy lives" is a connection that really has to be made much more and much more often. Reply
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Posted: 2014-01-09
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go ahead. So even though we didn't want the merets put in PG&E put in 3 Smart Meters to the side of my apartment which is on the other side of the wall from my living room where my family and dog spends most of our time. The PG&E worker informed us that each Smart Meter gives off .01 radiation, but the part he didn't tell us is if it gives off .01 of radiation ever hour, every week, or every month. He also told us that we still get radiation from cell phones, microwaves, and TVs. From word of mouth i heard the amount of radiation given off from cellphones in 10 years is how much the Smart Meters give off (again i don't know if that's per hour, week, or month.) I'd be great if i could get info about what this meter is giving off to my family.-Mariah Reply
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