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A man examines a fern and other plants within Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, Washington. University of Washington

Almost one in five adults in the U.S. lives with a mental illness. That statistic is similar worldwide, with an estimated 450 million people currently dealing with a mental or neurological disorder. Of those, only about a third seek treatment.

In his research, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences assistant professor Greg Bratman looks at the social side of environmental science.

This week, Bratman and an international team led by the University of Washington and Stanford University created a framework for how city planners and municipalities around the world can start to measure the mental health benefits of nature and incorporate those into plans and policies for cities and their residents. The study was published July 24 in Science Advances.

Read more about the study and its findings here.