Helios - A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Eco-system

Helios - A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Eco-system

Contact
Anna Paola Quaglia
Main Organisation
Department/Sector/Unit
JRC.H1; JRC.F1; JRC.D3; JRC.C5; JRC.D1
Other Organisations
Università degli studi di Verona

Description

The COVID-19 pandemic encourage us to rethink thoroughly the relationship between mental health, well-being and the ecosystems that constitute our living environment. HELIOS explores, in an interdisciplinary way and by actively engaging with citizens, how the presence of nearby nature and green space as well as the quality of the living environment have an impact on our mental health and well-being, offering insights for planners and policymakers for the design and management of places in times of a health crisis and beyond it.  

The research project involves researchers of the Joint Research Centre (European Commission, Ispra site) with expertise on environmental quality, public health and citizen engagement in science and policy. The research project is conducted in close collaboration with external experts in the fields of psychiatry (University of Verona) and citizen science. 

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L'attuale contesto e le prospettive future caratterizzati dall'evolversi della pandemia da Covid-19, incoraggiano fortemente a ripensare la relazione tra salute mentale, benessere e ambiente- 

HELIOS intende approfondire, attraverso un approccio inter-discipinare e un attivo coinvolgimento dei cittadini nel processo di ricerca, la relazione tra la qualità dell’ambiente, inclusa la presenza di spazi verdi, e il benessere psico-fisico, esaminandone l’evoluzione alla luce dell’evolversi della pandemia da Covid-19.

Si tratta di un progetto che coinvolge ricercatori del Centro Comune di Ricerca (Commissione europea, sede di Ispra) con expertise su qualità ambientale, salute pubblica e partecipazione pubblica nella produzione scientifica e elaborazione di politiche. Il progetto è svolto in stretta collaborazione con esperti esterni nel campo della psichiatria (Università degli studi di Verona) e citizen science.

Participation Spectrum

When and Where

Start Year
2021
End Year
2023

Policy Context

Policy Stage
Context of activity
Science or Policy Field
Specific Topic
Mental health and well-being; environmental quality

Participants

Participants
50
Who was involved
Communities or representatives involved
The citizen engagement activities are planned to take place in Spring 2022. This section will be updated when the information will be available. However, throughout the participatory process, we aim to engage with, at least, 50 participants.
How were the Participants selected?
Through what means citizens knew about the call for participation?
The citizen engagement activities are planned to take place in Spring 2022. This section will be updated.

Methodologies

Events
3
Tools Used

Impact

Main Outcomes and Lasting Achievement
The citizen engagement activities will take place in Spring 2022. This section will be updated at a later stage.

We anticipate that the purpose of the citizen engagement activities is to support the research process, by mobilizing all relevant knowledge and produce new one by involving citizens, local organizations and experts from different fields (public health, mental health, environmental quality).
Feedback provided
Other Feedback
The citizen engagement activities will take place in Spring 2022. This section will be updated at a later stage.
Were the methodologies used elsewhere?

Assessment

Main Challenges
Reason for such challenges and solutions
The citizen engagement activities will take place in Spring 2022. This section will be updated at a later stage.
Lessons Learn
The citizen engagement activities will take place in Spring 2022. This section will be updated at a later stage.
Recommendation
The citizen engagement activities will take place in Spring 2022. This section will be updated at a later stage.