The health benefits of our natural environment are worth protecting, argues Dr John Van Der Kallen.
A healthy environment is central to human health. It provides us with clean air, water, food and a stable environment. As we become increasingly urbanised, it is easy to forget how much we are part of the natural world. We need to respect it more if we are to survive.
Nature can provide therapeutic benefits that can help our patients.
The most well documented benefits have been in mental health. Spending
time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, reduce
depression and anxiety and help children with learning and
concentration. The effects are as good as many other therapies. "Green
prescriptions" should be used as a therapeutic tool. Dose responses for
both intensity and duration show large benefits from even short
engagements. Read more here.