A country walk can reduce depression

The mental health charity Mind has published a report outlining how getting outdoors and getting active in a green environment can help to boost mental wellbeing.

The report, Ecotherapy: the green agenda for mental health, presents the results of groundbreaking research which has shown a 71 per cent depression decrease after a green walk, compared with 22 per cent depression increase after an urban walk.

With the levels prescriptions for antidepressants at an all time high (31 million prescriptions in 2006) Mind have asked for ecotherapy to be recognised as a valid alternative to current methods of treatment.

The report is available to view online at Mind's website.

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