Having street trees closer to your home may reduce the risk of depression and the need for antidepressants, research has shown.
Multiple studies already show that mental health can be strongly impacted by environment so a German research team tried to assess if everyday objects people engage with – such as trees dotted along the pavement – could have a positive impact.
They analysed data from 10,000 residents of Leipzig, Germany, and found a correlation between the amount of street trees and antidepressants prescribed to a patient.
A larger amount of trees less than 100 metres from someone’s home was associated with a lower risk of having antidepressants, the researchers said.
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