More green spaces in city areas can help lower depression

Making the pavements green, more parks and growing plants in vacant spaces could be an important and low cost of coping the rising cases of depression, anxiety and stress in urban areas says a study.

A study done in the United States says that vacant spaces are factors that put people at an increased risk of depression and stress. Greening vacant land is a low cost way to improve cities and people's health as well.

In an experiment done in the city of Philadelphia, 542 people who lived near abandoned vacant areas were studied.

The study found that people living within very close to the green spaces had a 41.5% decrease in feelings of depression compared to those who lived near areas that had not been cleaned.

In areas below the poverty line, the feelings of depression among people who lived near green lots decreased significantly by more than 68%.

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