Friday, March 8, 2019
Outdoor behavioral healthcare

A landmark study by UNH researchers Michael Gass, professor of outdoor education, and Anita Tucker, associate professor of social work, found that for adolescents with mental health and substance use issues, taking therapy into challenging wilderness environments is up to three times more effective than keeping it on the couch. The researchers, who published the study in the journal Children and Youth Services Review, say the powerful findings could expand access to outdoor behavioral healthcare.