Mental Health

Mental Health

A number of studies have demonstrated how direct contact with vegetation or nature leads to increased mental health and psychological development. Recent data show that depression and other mental-health disorders will account for some of the world’s largest health problems in upcoming decades. People do not have to actively use nature to benefit from it; rather, visual exposure is enough. It is important to consider that different groups of people have differing views of what constitutes nature in the built environment, with variation by education level, age, ethnicity, profession, residential location, etc.

Health and Places Initiative (HAPI) Materials

Mental Health, Health, and Place [PDF]

External Resources

Click here to view a list of external resources on mental health