An editorial published on Green Care Interventional approach states that engagement with natural environments is associated with improved health and well-being in the general population. For example, spending a total of 2 hours or more in natural environments per week is associated with better health and well-being. Theoretical mechanisms include the concept of attention restoration, whereby immersion in, and ‘soft fascination’ with, the complex stimulus of the natural world reduces attention fatigue. This has implications for mental healthcare. Implementation of targeted nature-based interventions (green care) meets recovery needs and would enable research to develop, clarifying what works best for whom. Authors concluded that at a time of ecological and climate crisis, it is now urgent to embed ways of working that enhance the natural world and our connection with it.
For more see the article: Cuthbert et al (2021). The British Journal of Psychiatry 218, 73-74. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2020.166