People living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees less likely to suffer from mental health

People living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research by academics at the University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland.

The study, involving hundreds of people, found the advantages for mental health of being able to see birds, shrubs and trees around the home, if people lived in neighborhoods

The study, which recognized mental health inward over 270 people of various ages, rents and ethnicities, also found that those who spent less time out of doors than usual After conducting extensive surveys of the number of birds in the morning and the afternoon in Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton, the study found that they were more likely to report that they were anxious or depressed.

lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds that people could see in the afternoon. Academic studied evening bird numbers - which tend to be lower than birds generally considered in the morning - because they are more in agreement with the number of birds that people are likely to see in their neighborhood on a daily basis.

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In the study, common types of birds including blackbirds, robins, blue tits and crows were considered. But the study found no link between bird species and mental health, but rather the number of birds they could consider from their windows, in the garden or in their neighborhood.

Dr. Daniel Cox University of Exeter Research Professor, who led the study, said: "This study begins to undo the role that some key components of nature play for our mental well-being." > Birds around the home, and nature usually show great promise in preventive health care, making cities healthier, happier places to live. "

The positive association between birds, shrubs and trees and improves applied mental health, even after controlling for variation in neighborhood deprivation, household income, age and a wide range of other sociodemographic factors.