Tag Archives: Mental health

New NIHR funded project: green and blue spaces and mental health outcomes

Ben, Mat and Becca are collaborating on a newly funded National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research project which will investigate whether changes in the green and blue spaces we are exposed to effect long-term wellbeing and mental health. The collaboration is led by Dr Sarah Rodgers, Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical […]

Health benefits of outdoor blue spaces

Mat White and colleagues working on the BlueHealth study have found positive associations between expsure to outdoor blue spaces and mental health and physical activity outcomes. Whilst the evidence base for the benefits of natural environments is relatively well established, less is known about the specific benefits of blue spaces. Blue spaces are ‘outdoor environments – […]

Greenspace and child mental health PhD opportunity

Using birth cohorts to understand the impact of urban green space on child health and wellbeing This interdisciplinary project will investigate the impact of the environments in which children grow up on their health and wellbeing. It will use systematic review, geographical and epidemiological methods, and two UK birth cohorts to investigate the role of […]

Do we know enough about how to deliver social prescribing? BMJ opinion blog

Kerryn Husk, previously of ECEHH and now at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry PenCLAHRC, has written a blog about our Social Prescribing review for the British Medical Journal (BMJ). In the blog Kerryn argues that despite the increasing interest in the use of Social Prescribing (also known as community referral) “the evidence […]

BlueHealth: mapping and quantifying the potential benefits of Europe’s blue spaces to public health and wellbeing

Our colleagues working on the Horizon 2020 funded Blue Health project have published a protocol detailing the aims and methods of the project. The Blue Health project is led by Professor Lora Fleming and brings together a multi-disciplinary consortium to investigate how aquatic environments affect the health of Europe’s population. The research aims to understand […]

Different types of exposure to natural environments are associated with different aspects of wellbeing

Ben, Mat and colleagues have published a new analysis of Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment survey data in the journal Health & Place. The study examined whether different types of exposure to natural environments are associated with different aspects of wellbeing. White, M. P., Pahl, S., Wheeler, B. W., Depledge, M. […]

Defra Evidence Statement on the links between natural environments and human health

Working with Dr Simon Maxwell of the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs‘s Environment Analysis Unit, we have co-authored a comprehensive Evidence Statement on the links between natural environments and human health. The aim of the evidence statement is to inform Defra’s policies and service delivery. You can download a copy of the full […]

Sensing Nature: exploring visual impairment in the natural environment

In November 2016, ECEHH Researcher, Dr Sarah Bell, started a new two-year ESRC-funded project exploring the diverse sensory and emotional experiences people have in nature, focusing on individuals living with visual impairment. Approximately 285 million people are thought to live with sight loss and blindness across the world – a number that is increasing as […]

Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change conference

More sessions have been added to the Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change conference so the call for papers and posters has been extended! We are going to be there chairing the ‘Biodiversity or green space?  Evidence for contribution to health in a changing climate’ session! Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, 28 February 2017 (abstract submission […]

World Health Organisation Urban Green Spaces and Health report

Ben Wheeler has worked with Mike Depledge and colleagues from around Europe to co-author an important new report, for World Health Organisation (Europe), on the beneficial effects of urban green space for health. The report can be downloaded here. The comprehensive report summarises the existing evidence of linkages (both positive and negative) between urban green […]