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Movement Emerges to Include Green Space as a Social Determinant of Mental Health

A rich and growing literature shows that immersion in nature and exposure to green space has a measurable impact on health and mental health. This is the first in a three-part series.

On a recent Saturday in Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C., Sarah Dewitt, a certified forest therapy guide, led a handful of people in the ancient Japanese practice of “Shinrin-yoku”—forest breathing or forest bathing.

“Forest bathing is a very slow and mindful walk in nature,” Dewitt told Psychiatric News. “It starts with a warm-up in which I invite participants to tune into each of their senses one at a time. Then I might invite them to wander out in the woods and pay close attention to all the things that are in motion.”

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