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Plenty of governments add green space to improve physical health. Few, however, consider the psychological benefits these spaces provide.
Driving the news: Research published in the latest issue of Science Advances explains the growing evidence that suggests contact with nature can improve psychological well-being and reduce risk factors for some types of mental illness.
For example, the value of mental health benefits was calculated to be 7% of the total economic benefits of London parks, amounting to £6.8 billion ($8.3 billion) over 30 years, per a report by VividEconomics.
But, but, but: Opportunities to experience nature are decreasing rapidly as more and more people move into cities around the globe.
- "The repercussions of these choices on mental health may add up to be quite significant on a population level" over the coming decades, the researchers wrote.
Go deeper: L.A. hires first ever forest officer (Smart Cities Dive)