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9th April 2020

The Link Between Nature and Our Mental Health and Well-being

Statistics from the mental health charity Mind show that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue in any given year. It’s vital to look after our psychological wellbeing, as well as our physical health, and a growing number of studies are finding empirical evidence revealing the link between interactions with nature and improved mental health.

The increased urbanisation of our towns and cities can make it difficult for people to access green outdoor spaces but integrating nature into our homes and offices can ensure there’s still a significant positive impact on our mental wellbeing.

The importance of natural environments

Human wellbeing is linked to the environment in a number of ways, as outlined in works such as G. C. Daily’s, ‘Nature’s Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems’.

How can nature improve mental health

A study referenced in an article by The Independent found that prescribing contact with nature for people with poor mental health could save almost £7 for every £1 invested in projects. The research, conducted by Leeds Beckett University, found that spending time in nature helped those suffering from problems such as anxiety, stress or depression to feel better, both physically and mentally.

Action for inner cities

Naturally, it may be more difficult for those living in busy urban areas to access extensive green spaces outdoors, but there are plenty of ways to create a mental health-friendly area in an urban home or workplace. Break out areas with an internal living wall, green roof spaces or a small vegetable garden are all excellent ways to bring some nature to you.

We’re committed to creating greener, cleaner and healthier spaces for future generations through increased environmental education. For an introduction to our work and the ANS Living Wall System, click here to find out more.