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Mental Health and Green Space

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For tonight's meeting, the Springdale Community Coalition has asked each member to examine the trends in mental health issues in the community. Review the articles in your background information regarding mental health and green space. What measurements were used to assess mental health? How were these measurements related to green space? Analyze the amount of green space in your area and make predictions about the effects of the availability of green space on mental health in your community. Make a comparison of your predictions with available data on mental health statistics in your community (again you can relate this to state trends if data is lacking at the local level).

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For tonight's meeting, the Springdale Community Coalition has asked each member to examine the trends in mental health issues in the community. Review the articles in your background information regarding mental health and green space. What measurements were used to assess mental health? How were these measurements related to green space? Analyze the amount of green space in your area and make predictions about the effects of the availability of green space on mental health in your community. Make a comparison of your predictions with available data on mental health statistics in your community (again you can relate this to state trends if data is lacking at the local level).

The study review the effect of mental health of people who reside in green space to those who do not. There are epidemiological studies suggest that people who live in greener urban areas tend to have better mental health than those in less ...

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There are evidence that linked the availability of green space to the degree of mental health. Individuals living in greener space have lower chance of being mentally illed. In contrast, people who live in barren space have a higher chance of developing diseases like alheizmer or cancer.

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