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National Parks A Boost To Mental Health Worth Trillions, Says Study

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:59 AM

Spending time outdoors is long understood to offer mental health perks, including reduced stress, improved sleep and enhanced cognition. But these public spaces might also benefit the global economy, new research suggests. Visits to national parks around the world may result in improved mental health valued at about $6 trillion, according to a team of ecologists, psychologists and economists from Griffith University in Australia.
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Judge Orders Mental Health Assessment For New Zealand Shooting Suspect

Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:40 AM

A New Zealand judge on Friday ordered the accused Christchurch mosque gunman to undergo a mental health assessment to determine if he is fit to face trial for the murder of 50 Muslim worshippers. Alleged attacker Brenton Tarrant is facing 50 murder and 39 attempted murder charges over the March-15 attacks on two mosques, which shocked the world and rattled normally peaceful New Zealand.
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Mindfulness may reduce feeling of pain: Study

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 12:25 PM

Mindfulness — a meditative practice that focusses on paying attention to the present moment — can increase person’s tolerance to pain, a study has found. Researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine in the US analyzed data obtained from a study published in 2015 that compared mindfulness meditation to placebo analgesia.