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Healthy Trees, Healthy Community, Mental Health

 

October 6, 2021

Nancy Boothman

Happy Kids, Happy Parents, Happy Community. Local children enjoying Roundup's new playground equipment on Sunday afternoon. Just like trees effect our mental health, the park effects the children.

Last week's article focused on the benefits of the urban forest on our physical health, but we don't often realize the impact trees have on our mental health.

Studies have shown that people who live in cities suffer from higher rates of almost every mental health problem compared to those living in rural areas – 40% higher levels of depression, 20% higher anxiety, and twice the amount of schizophrenia.

• Cognition: Adults as well as children who work and play in nature are more attentive, experience improved work performance and have fewer memory problems.

• Vitality: Trees absorb pol...



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