Green spaces are known to play a significant role in both our mental and physical health. We all know this more or less. However, Danish researchers have decided to take things a step further.
They’ve discovered that the amount of green space a person is surrounded with during their childhood years can have a major impact on their mental health later on in life.
Satellite data was able to collect information between the years 1985 to 2013, in order to see how much green space Danes were surrounded by until they reach the age of 10 years old.
The data was compared to the mental health records on Danes, and it was discovered that those who had a sufficient amount of green space around them actually were shown to have as much as 55 percent less mental health disorders, including all kinds of disorders, including OCD and schizophrenia. These impressive numbers are even with all of the risk factors taken into consideration.
It is estimated that in the next 40 years, most of the world’s population will move to a more urbanized lifestyle, and will live in cities. In order to ensure that future generations will have as little mental health issues as possible, it seems as though it’s crucial to ensure that everyone has easy access to a green space.