Outdoor Therapy for Women: A Coming Home
Senior Project Advisor
Outdoor therapy, women, girls, nature, outdoors, mental health
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Humans have lived in much closer proximity to the natural world, until recently. Despite our separation from these places, there still lives an age-old connection between humans and the outdoors. Whether we’re using them to re-focus or relax, create change, or reconnect the inner self with the outer body–natural settings are undeniably a place of healing. And right now, women need this more than ever. The challenges of mental health for women and girls across the United States are increasing, shown by higher depression, anxiety, mental distress, and suicide rates (United Health Foundation, 2022). There is a great need for treatment that addresses the ever-changing, demanding, consumerist, and judgmental society in which girls are being raised. The answer here lies within the bounds of outdoor therapy. Through my research, I have found that the participation of women in outdoor therapy programs uniquely contributes to favorable outcomes compared to traditional therapeutic approaches.
Health and Human Development
Baty, Drew, "Outdoor Therapy for Women: A Coming Home" (2023). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 649.
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