As humans, our overall health is significantly affected by our natural and built environment: where we are born, live, learn, work, play, and congregate all influence our health. While we often think of these environmental factors as relating largely to our physical health, it’s important to consider the effect of our environment on our mental health and well-being as well.
HEALTHY HOME ENVIRONMENTS
Optimizing your space to improve your mental health is something that anyone can benefit from. For those living with mental health conditions, it is one tool of many that can be used to improve and support your mental well-being. Press HERE for more.
NEIGHBORHOODS AND TOWNS
Did you know that your ZIP code plays a role in your health? It might surprise you to learn that up to 60% of your health is determined by where you live.1 Your neighborhood, along with your town and larger geographical region, impacts your sense of community and belonging, and determines how easily you can access the things and services you need, including for your mental health. Press HERE for more.
SAFE AND STABLE HOUSING
Housing is more than just protection from the outdoor elements. Safe and stable housing is a basic need, and it can be di cult or impossible to care for your mental health if that need is not met. Press HERE for more.
THE OUTDOORS & NATURE
Spending time in nature is linked to many positive mental health outcomes – improved focus, lower stress, better mood, and reduced risk of developing a mental health condition. Most studies on nature and well-being look at green spaces like parks and forests, but researchers are also beginning to look at blue spaces – places with ocean and river views. However, you don’t need a picture-perfect outdoor experience to get the bene ts of nature. Press HERE for more.