Regular Trips to the Park Could Reduce Reliance on Antidepressants
Visiting green spaces can dramatically lower mental health drug use, research has found.
Dropping into a park, community garden or other urban green space between three and four times a week can cut people’s chances of taking medication for anxiety or depression by a third.
The positive impact – documented by researchers at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare – also extends to physical health.
Visiting green spaces reduces the chances of a city resident having to take asthma or high blood pressure medication by a third and a quarter, respectively.
“Mounting scientific evidence supporting the health benefits of nature exposure is likely to increase the supply of high-quality green spaces in urban environments and promote their active use,” the researchers write.
“This might be one way to improve health and welfare in cities.”
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