Authors: Lauwers L, Trabelsi S, Pelgrims I, Bastiaens H, De Clercq E, Guilbert A, Guyot M, Leone M, Nawrot T, Van Nieuwenhuyse A, Remmen R, Saenen N, Thomas I, Urban KH
Introduction: Mental health issues appear as a growing problem in modern societies and tend to be more frequent in big cities. Where increased evidence exists for positive links between nature and mental health, associations between urban environment characteristics and mental health are still not well understood. These associations are highly complex and require an interdisciplinary and integrated research approach to cover the broad range of mitigating factors. This article presents the study protocol of a project called Nature Impact on Mental Health Distribution that aims to generate a comprehensive understanding of associations between mental health and the urban residential environment.