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This commentary offers stories of hope and regeneration in the face of the interconnected crises we face. Those of us in the health sector have the opportunity to undo the false separation that has arisen between the care we offer ourselves and the care we offer our natural spaces. Access to a healthy environment offers myriad health benefits and has been declared a human right. Beyond this, cultivating a sense of kinship with the natural world unlocks further mental health benefits and promotes a deep sense of meaning and vitality. Widespread restoration of nature, combined with the equitable reconnection of people to these restored environments, must become one of the most important aspects of public health in this century. This paper, written from a UK perspective, describes examples where people are already weaving these strands together and offers practical suggestions for healthcare professionals who want to know how this relates to their role and their everyday practice.

Original publication




Journal article


Int Rev Psychiatry

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541 - 545


Nature restoration, climate and biodiversity crises, healthcare, mental health, nature connectedness, solutions, well-being, Humans, Mental Health, Public Health