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Nature’s Benefits for Mental Health May Not Work So Well When Pressured


During the more than a year of pandemic restrictions, access to parks and other green spaces have been very important escapes for many, offering a place to go for exercise and social interaction when other options weren’t available. Fifteen national parks set new recreation visitation records in 2020, despite temporary park closures and restrictions in response to the pandemic.

Researchers at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom recently examined the mental health benefits of nearby access to green spaces during the pandemic. They surveyed more than 5,500 people about their home and neighborhood and their mental health and well-being first in March/April and then again in June/July after the first peak has lessened.