Since 2004 I have been working across the National Health System with pioneering team leaders and what I call, ‘Natural Allies’ from different departments – The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Adoption CAMHS, Look after Children Services, Family Intensive Support Services-Learning Disability CAMHS, more recently with the Early Intervention for Psychosis team and Adult Specialist Care services with Dementia Clients.
The ‘Greening of Services’ is taking place. Let's not underestimate the power of nature for health and well-being. There is an abundance of evidence showing us the resounding benefits.
There is strong and consistent evidence also for the mental health and wellbeing benefits arising from exposure to natural environments, including reductions in stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression, together with evidence that these benefits may be most significant for marginalised groups.
Socioeconomic inequality in mental wellbeing has been shown to be 40% narrower among those who report good access to green/recreational areas, compared with those with poorer access. Together, we can make a difference.
Alzheimers Society 2012
Luengo-Fernandez, Leal, & Gray, 2010
Greening Dementia Report 2012