Archive content on the psychological impact of being in nature.
Nature and psychology
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 has the theme ‘nature’, to highlight the role that connecting with nature can have on our mental health. Over the years we’ve published fascinating articles on the link between psychology and nature. Here’s a selection, plus a few from elsewhere…
‘The planting puts new life into me’
Jenny Walters on a gardening project with victims of torture
Cultivating wellbeing and mental health through gardening
Vaithehy Shanmuganathan-Felton, Luke Felton, Celia Briseid and Betty Maitland
‘We are busy about everything’
Gardening is in Claudia Hammond’s top three restful activities
A world without trees?
Abreen Rebello listens to Forest 404 by BBC Sounds
Steve Taylor on a type of experience he feels has been neglected by psychology
Windows on our inner and outer worlds
Psychologists reflect on their internal lives… including the impact of nature and gardening
'Awepic' stories of greenery and the good life
Emma Davies on green exercise, volunteering in nature-based settings and more
Community garden big picture by Nigel Pugh
The benefits of allotments and community gardens for older gardeners
Conservation work – a therapeutic intervention?
Rosemary Wright on the benefits of a conservation project as a form of therapy for people with learning disabilities
Action on climate change
A collection of recent articles on the role of psychology in tackling climate change
We’ve also covered some relevant studies over on our Research Digest:
And we’ve found these interesting pieces elsewhere:
Nature is good for you. That doesn’t mean we should prescribe it
Jeremy Mynott for Psyche
Could psychedelics help us resolve the climate crisis?
Matthew Adams for The Conversation
Nurtured by nature
Kirsten Weir for Monitor
How being in nature makes us appreciate our bodies and reject unrealistic beauty standards
Viren Swami for The Conversation
‘Games are more complex to create than most people think’
Celia Hodent in conversation with Linda Kaye, around the psychology of video games.
'If the grief becomes traumatic, it is more like a deep well'
Leading experts appeal for an understanding of childhood traumatic bereavement during and beyond the pandemic.
From academia to industry – two stories
Ashleigh Johnstone and Joshua Balsters on their moves to Gorilla, the online experiment builder.
'Even the bleakest moments are not permanent'
Professor Rory O’Connor is Director of the Suicidal Behaviour Research lab at the University of Glasgow, and President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (the first person from the UK in almost 50 years). Our editor Jon Sutton caught up with him.
Smell and memory – The Proust Phenomenon
An extract from a chapter by Sebastian Groes and Tom Mercer in ‘Smell, Memory, and Literature in the Black Country’, edited by Sebastian Groes and R.M. Francis (Palgrave Macmillan) £14.99.