The idea of “blue spaces” was first proposed by researchers ten years ago, and it has been shown to be an effective and useful tool for mental health.

Although getting on a ship has become more popular over the past ten years, most people today do this type of mindfulness practice from the convenience of their home or a therapist’s office rather than from the deck of a ship. However, the British nonprofit organization Sea Sanctuary thinks that its method of treating mental illness, which combines both therapy and aquatic activities, is particularly effective. As a proponent of “blue health,” it believes that being near or in blue surroundings like rivers, lakes, and the sea improves our mental health. 

Our healthcare systems frequently respond to problems as they develop. More funding must be allocated to initiatives that fight and prevent disease. Our health, the environment, urban livability, flooding, water quality, biodiversity, and social cohesion would all benefit from better blue space.