Mental Health Issues And Levels Of Participation

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Living in a state of positive, stable mental health benefits individuals in all areas of life. Attaining a positive state of mental health seems simple enough, but can be difficult when juggling many different responsibilities and leading a busy life. As the modern world becomes more and more reliant on technology, and an increasing number of occupations require employees to sit at a desk for long hours, there is a need to remedy the stress that is associated with these “desk jobs.” This report addresses the connection between mental health issues and levels of participation in outdoor recreation, and after presenting relevant data, gives options for dealing with the aforementioned problems. After multiple surveys were administered at Whole Foods Market in Fort Collins, CO and the Colorado State University (CSU) campus, it was determined by the author that, in both males and females, people who engage in outdoor recreation three or more times per week are less likely to experience mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, and depression, than individuals who recreate outdoors less than three times per week. It is recommended that individuals engage in outdoor recreation at least 2-3 times per week, as this is beneficial to their overall mental health and well-being.
Having long been an uncomfortable subject for conversation, mental health problems are finally getting the attention they deserve from the medical field. Although new therapeutic drugs and management plans…

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