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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

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.


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