National Parks and Mental Health

National parks worldwide are worth about $8.7 trillion a year in the improved mental health of their visitors, according to initial estimates published by a team of Griffith University researchers.

The Perspective study was jointly funded by Griffith University, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and Parks Victoria.

They used data to estimate the value for the whole of Australia and globally, and found a direct link between visits to protected areas and individual mental health.

For Australia, the team estimated the annual health services value of Australia's national parks was around $145 billion a year.

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