Published on April 20th, 2017 | from CAMH Education
CAMH Library: Nature and Mental Health for Earth Day 2017
By Sarah Bonato, Reference/Research Librarian, CAMH Library
Happy Earth Day! See below for resources on the role nature can play in improving mental health, well being and recovery.
Green City: Why Nature Matters to Health-An Evidence Review
From Toronto Public Health
- Read about the impact green space has on physical health, mental health and wellbeing
Access at http://www.ecohealth-ontario.ca/files/Green_City_Why_Nature_Matters_to_Health_An_Evidence_Review.pdf
Green Space and Mental Health: Pathways, Impacts, and Gaps
From the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
- An overview about how access to green space can be an effective component of therapeutic interventions.
Access at http://www.ncceh.ca/sites/default/files/Full_Review-Greenspace_Mental_Health_Mar_2015.pdf
Just What the Doctor Ordered: Using Parks to Improve Children’s Health
From Environmental Health Perspectives. 2015 Oct 1;123(10):A254-9
- Read about how “park prescriptions” are gaining popularity as researchers learn more about the benefits of spending time in nature.
Access at https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/123/10/ehp.123-A254.alt.pdf
NHS Forests: Growing Forests for Health
From the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
- Lists the research evidence on how hospital gardens, contact with green spaces, and trees and woods can aid with recovery
Access at http://nhsforest.org/evidence
This is Your Brain On Nature
From National Geographic. 2016 Jan; 34-67
- Read about how interacting with nature can benefit over stressed brains
Access at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/01/call-to-wild/