A newer study has found an association between living in a natural environment and having good mental health.
Green Environments Safeguard the Minds
In this research, they used satellite data from 1985 to 2013 in order to identify all the green spaces in proximity to all the homes of more than 9000 Danes. This data was then correlated with their risk of developing out of any 16 different mental health conditions through their adulthood.
The researchers have found that people growing up in areas surrounded by greenery have more than 55 percent lesser risk of acquiring mental health problems in adulthood.
The results have remained in place even after the team provided adjustments for modifying factors such as the socioeconomic status, family history, and migration to urban areas.
The data used in the study was unique and the researchers had an opportunity to utilize a large amount of data from Danish register, the location, and the diagnoses, and made comparisons with satellite images. This was to reveal the extent of green spaces surrounding every individual while growing up.
The Danish study has revealed that the longer a person spent in green areas, especially from the early infancy to 10 years of age, the more likely they are to have good mental health.
Without this dataset, the researchers have shown that the risk of developing a mental disease decreases the longer you stay in a green space from birth up to 10 years of age. Green spaces are, therefore, extremely important.
The Cities Must be According to the Mental Needs
The researchers have argued that their findings suggest city authorities pay attention to safeguarding the green spaces and increasing them.
Previous research has noticed a strong association between the levels of noise and air pollution in city areas and a decrease in mental health. They have argued that the current findings have provided further proof of nature being an important factor in determining psychological well-being.
Increasing evidence has also noticed that the natural environment also plays a huge role in mental health. This study has provided us with a better understanding of its importance.
Because people all across the globe are moving from rural areas to the urban areas for a better shot at opportunities, it is important to pay special attention to align it with the psychological needs, as per the researchers.
As per the recent data are taken from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, almost 55 percent of the population in the world are living in the built-up areas. This number is likely to increase up to 68 percent by 2050.
This association between mental health and living in green spaces is something that must always be considered. This is especially true while designing the cities to make sure that they contain lots of green areas in order to improve the mental health of the residents in the coming years.