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"Synthesis suggests beneficial associations between green space exposure and reduced stress, positive mood, less depressive symptoms, better emotional well-being, improved mental health and behavior, and decreased psychological distress in adolescents.
Mental well-being is a fundamental component of health and quality of life, encompassing aspects of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Specifically, evidence shows that increased accessibility to green space and residing in areas with increased greenness are associated with improved perceived mental health. Exposure to green space is a promising intervention for promoting adolescents’ mental well-being. A growing body of research has found that exposure to green space has a variety of positive impacts on young people’s health." (Zhang et al., 2020).
"Mental health issues are estimated to account for as much as a third of all years lived with disability, and account for around 13 per cent of disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) lost, similar to the toll of cardiovascular disease and circulatory disorders" (Douglas & Douglas, 2021). According to NASA Earth Observatory and Engemann et al. (2019),
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Douglas, K., & Douglas, J. (2021, March 24). Green spaces aren't just for nature – they boost our mental health too. New Scientist. Retrieved September 25, 2021, from https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24933270-800-green-spaces-arent-just-for-nature-they-boost-our-mental-health-too/.
Engemann, K., Pedersen, C. B., Arge, L., Tsirogiannis, C., Mortensen, P. B., & Svenning, J.-C. (2019). Residential green space in childhood is associated with lower risk of psychiatric disorders from adolescence into adulthood. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(11), 5188–5193. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1807504116
Zhang, Y., Mavoa, S., Zhao, J., Raphael, D., & Smith, M. (2020, September 11). The association between Green Space and adolescents' mental well-being: A systematic review. International journal of environmental research and public health. Retrieved September 25, 2021, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7557737/.