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Therapeutic Nature: Nature-based social prescribing for diagnosed mental health conditions in the UK - BE0155

The aim of this project was to describe current provision and to clarify what works, for whom and under what existing processes, in the delivery of nature-based therapeutic programmes for diagnosed mental health conditions.
The project consisted of:

1. A detailed review and mapping exercise of the current provision of nature-based therapeutic interventions to support people with a mental illness in four areas of England: Devon, Newcastle, Bradford and West Yorkshire
2. Review of the current evidence base and update of existing reviews with the aim of understanding what works, for whom, in what circumstances
3. Gathering insights from service commissioners, mental health service professionals, primary health care services, environmental voluntary organisations, community-based providers and other intermediaries in the four locations
4. Bringing together insights from the mapping, evidence review and qualitative work using established methods of evidence synthesis and producing detailed conceptual frameworks, descriptive texts and illustrative cases
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Therapeutic Nature - Final report   (6311k)
• FRP - Final Report : Therapeutic Nature - Research Briefing   (1732k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2019

To: 2020

Cost: £160,667
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Exeter
Natural Environment              
Public Health              
Social Research