Two articles about the mental health benefits of “doses” of nature

“Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative,” published by the Wall Street Journal, reviews “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative” by Florence Williams. The author, a writer for one of mhconcierge’s favorite magazines, Outside, explores what current research has found about the benefits of spending time outdoors, regularly and frequently.  She concludes that even small, regular doses of time in natural settings, such as 15-45 minutes in a city park, are “enough to improve mood, vitality and feelings of restoration.”

Take charge of your future with your own outcomes data

OpenMinds.com, a company that provides information and support to health care organizations, has posted two blogs recently that can provide potential ideas for developing and marketing your own value-based data about your services/program/clinic/agency. These articles were written for health care organizations seeking new, or better, contracts with managed care companies, but have potential implications for smaller organizations, such as agencies and clinics; the suggestions may even be worth considering by small groups of independent mental health professionals that are seeking to survive, or even thrive, in the emerging value-based marketplace.