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With Healing in Mind: How Public Gardens at Colleges and Universities Can Promote Student Mental Health

At American colleges and universities today, one in two students feels more than average stress, while one in three suffers from a mental illness. Clearly, the mental well-being of students on these campuses is a cause of great concern. With potentially devastating consequences at once deeply personal and of institutional proportions, such a problem calls for greater scrutiny and even more creative solutions. This research attempted to introduce into the discussion two infrequently connected topics—the restorative role of nature, on the one hand, and public gardens, on the other.