Coastal residents are mentally healthier

Especially in the case of the poorer inhabitants of England, the life near the sea with better mental health goes hand in hand. A new study by the University of Exeter shows. As the researchers note in the journal "Health and Place" reports, could compensate for the proximity of the sea to the already increased risk of depression and anxiety in people from poorer backgrounds.

From survey data of nearly 26,000 people found that life in the vicinity of the English coast, especially in low-income households with better mental health is associated. In England, around one in six suffers from mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, and poorer people are much more likely to be affected. Access to the coast could help the results to reduce these health inequalities.

Dr. Jo Garrett, who led the study, believes that the results could have important implications: "Our investigations suggest, for the first time that people in poorer households have to keep near the coast, fewer symptoms of mental disorders. For the mental health of these ,Schutzzone&lsquo could; a useful role to play, the conditions for people with high-and low-income align."

Dr Mathew White environmental psychologist, University of Exeter, said: "This type of research ,blauen‘ Health is important, in order to persuade governments to protect Coastal areas, to create and make use of it. We need to help policy-and decision-makers to understand how the well-being ,blaue‘ Spaces in cities and municipalities maximize and ensure that access for all is appropriate, without damaging the fragile environment of the coast."