The project

One in nine adults in the EU suffers from a mental health disorder, a burden which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting the inclusion of mental health as one of the five strands of the EU non- communicable diseases initiative.

The financial costs of mental health problems extend to over 4% of GDP across the 27 EU countries and the UK. Still, already over-burdened healthcare systems struggle to provide necessary services for non-physical health priorities, leading to gaps in prevention and treatment, and underdiagnosis. Mental health inequities are strongly linked to gender and socioeconomic disparities.

Furthermore, mental health disorders are uniquely linked with exposure to environmental crises such as climate change. Those with mental illness are two to three times more likely to die during heatwaves; and extreme weather events have been shown to lead to post- traumatic stress disorder among other serious mental health conditions. Suicide, anxiety, depression and acute stress have all been linked to extreme temperatures, and knowledge of climate change and fear of worsening climate conditions has been linked to stress and anxious feelings.

Meanwhile, there is burgeoning evidence that green care (i.e., the provision of health and social services via contact with nature) can be used to promote mental health and wellbeing for the general population and particularly for underprivileged populations with greater risk for mental health disorders.

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Work packages

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