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Got the Blues, then find some Greenspace: The Mental Health Benefits of Green Exercise Activities and Green Care

Got the Blues, then find some Greenspace: The Mental Health Benefits of Green Exercise Activities and Green Care

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Mind report 1.0, Feb 2007
Got the Blues, then find some Greenspace
The Mental Health Benefits of Green Exercise Activities and Green Care
Mind week report, February 2007
Jo Peacock, Rachel Hine and Jules Pretty 
Centre for Environment and Society, Department of Biological Sciences, University of EssexWivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
Photographs courtesy of Cyrillia Francis and Steph Berns of Mind
Mind report 1.0, Feb 2007
Mind commissioned Professor Jules Pretty, Jo Peacock and Rachel Hine, lead researchers ofthe green exercise programme at the University of Essex, to investigate the mental healthbenefits Mind members derive from participating in a range of green exercise activities. Onehundred and eight Mind members took part in our research looking at the effects of existinggreen exercise activities which they are already engaging in locally. In addition, a further 20members participated in a smaller study which compared the mental health benefitsexperienced from participating in a green walk outdoors, with an equivalent walk indoors. Boththe statistical findings from this process together with the qualitative narrative are included in thereport.Mind and the University of Essex would like to thank all Mind members for their assistance withthe research published in this report. We are very grateful to all the people who completed thequestionnaires and those who took part in the walking study and agreed to share details abouttheir experiences.
Mind report 1.0, Feb 2007
 1. Key findings 42. Introduction 83. Review of existing literature 103.1 The value of greenspaces and contact with nature 103.2 The value of exercise 113.3 The emergence of green exercise 123.4 What do we know so far? 143.5 What are we yet to fully understand? 163.5.1 Application of green exercise in the mental health population3.5.2 Green exercise as a treatment for mild to moderate depression3.5.3 Green care for marginalised populations3.5.4 Limitations of research to date4. Assessment of existing Mind green exercise activities 234.1 Findings - green exercise activities 234.2 Findings - people involved in the activities 245. A Mind study to compare a green outdoor walk and an indoor walk 325.1 Backgound and methodology 32
5.2 Results 356. Conclusions and recommendations 416.1 Issues affecting progress of research 416.1.1 Ethical issues6.1.2 Evaluation issues6.2 Key issues for policy 426.2.1 Amount of greenspace6.2.2 Accessibility issues6.2.3 Barriers to participation6.2.4 Acceptance from service providers6.2.5 Working in partnership6.2.6 The need for further research7. References 47

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