Green Space and Health

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 10:00 - 14:00

Research has shown that green space contributes to physical and mental wellbeing and offers therapeutic benefits for recovery from illness. This course explores the evidence and illustrates how you can integrate these into your own practice.

  • Tuesday 27 April 2021, 10am - 2pm

£165 + VAT |  Book here(link is external)

Course Description

Green space contributes to physical and mental wellbeing and offers therapeutic benefits for recovery from illness. Research from around the world demonstrates that 'green' prescriptions are increasingly being used by healthcare professionals.  This course explores the evidence, showcases examples of green prevention and therapy and illustrates how you can integrate these into your own practice.  The course is intended for healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care, including mental health, rehabilitation, diabetes or musculoskeletal conditions, and those who want to look after their staff and manage services differently. 

Individuals, organisations, and movements across the world have called for declaration of a climate emergency to respond to the doubling of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1980 and the decimation of wild birds, mammals, fish, invertebrates and insects on our planet. Both rising temperatures and this dramatic loss in biodiversity now threaten our own ability as a species to thrive or even survive. Human health is inextricably linked to the health of the wider living systems that support us. They create the air we breathe, the food we grow, the proliferation of diseases that affect us and much more. This complex set of relationships is sometimes referred to as ‘planetary health’ and is increasingly recognised as a critical perspective in health improvement and protection. 

Though long overlooked, it is also increasingly understood that the defence of natural habitats is fundamental in combatting climate change. Living systems such as forests, meadows, mangroves and salt marshes remove and store large amounts of carbon from the air - they offer 'natural climate solutions' for the planetary ills we face. Our societies have viewed the destruction of such living systems as necessary collateral damage for human prosperity. Only by recognising our own reliance on these biological foundations, can we begin to build a sounder and more regenerative way of life. 

It is against this backdrop that this course focuses on the relationship between nature and health at place level. In the last decade especially, evidence has grown of the benefits of green space for mental and physical health, including the prevention of long term medical conditions. Access to green space in the places where people live is increasingly recognised as a social determinant of health and a factor in health inequalities. Research from around the world demonstrates that a 'green prescription' can deliver health benefits for patients. The course explores the evidence base and its implications for healthcare. How does this affect clinical practice? What does it mean for the design of clinical settings? How should it inform preventative healthcare? And how might you, working in the health sector, make green healthcare part of your work?

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