Published: 25th Feb 2019

Children who grow up with around green spaces have less risk of developing various mental illnesses later in life, according to a study from Denmark. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark, studied satellite data from 1985 to 2013 and mapped the presence of green space around the childhood homes of almost one million Danes. They then compared this data with the risk of developing one of 16 different mental disorders later in life. It revealed that children surrounded by high amounts of green space in childhood have up to a 55% lower risk of developing a mental disorder, even after adjusting for other known risk factors such as socio-economic status, urbanisation, and the family history of mental disorders. The study was published today (February 25) in prestigious American Journal PNAS and researchers believe this proves a ‘robust indication’ of a close relationship between green space, urban life, and mental disorders. Postdoc … (To read the full article, subscribe below)