URBAN GREEN SPACES AND MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE LOCKDOWN CAUSED BY COVID-19

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Abstract

In the absence of effective pharmacological interventions against COVID-19, many governments have implemented lockdowns and other measures of social isolation. However, these measures are associated with a deterioration in the mental health and well-being of the population. The deleterious effects of lockdowns in the mental health of the population may be more pronounced in cities, in socially disadvantaged communities and among vulnerable demographic groups, such as children and the elderly. Though, the use and contact with urban green spaces (e.g. urban parks, public and private gardens) and other natural spaces (e.g. beaches, riverside areas) can reduce the stress caused by the lockdown and provide opportunities for relaxation, promoting urban resilience. This paper aims to discuss the theoretical models underlying this hypothesis, summarize scientific evidence on the topic and launch possible solutions.

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Tendais, I., & Ribeiro, A. I. (2020). URBAN GREEN SPACES AND MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE LOCKDOWN CAUSED BY COVID-19. Finisterra, 55(115), 183–188. https://doi.org/10.18055/Finis20184

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