Prescribing nature: Research suggests the outdoors are good for your mental health

Alyson R. Briggs

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For many teenagers, a driver’s licence can mean freedom to visit the mall — but for Jon Cadang, it offered him a reprieve from the depression that consumed him for years.

One of his first stops? A creek near his home in Mississauga, Ont., abundant in fish that he was determined to catch.

It would take Cadang two weeks before he landed one, but it taught the forager and painter that nature could be a powerful treatment to what ails him.

“I realized that whole time, I stopped ruminating about my situation — all the bad things

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