Those living near the sea have a better level of mental health, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter. The researchers used the responses of 26,000 respondents to create a survey that the press release considers to be one of the most detailed surveys ever on the well-being that living near the sea can bring.
The researchers, of course, looked at many other factors that may be related and, despite these factors, concluded that living in larger cities near the English coast can be associated with a better level of mental health, especially for low-income families.
Among the disorders that can further lower the level of mental health are anxiety and depression, which are widespread in poorer families. According to researchers, living near a coast can help reduce these differences. The researchers analyzed data from the Health Survey for England by comparing the mental health of people living less than one mile from the coast with that of those living more than 50 miles from the coast.
It is not an end in itself study, according to the researcher who conducted it, Jo Garrett, as it could also have “important effects.” Knowing that people who live in poorer families and at the same time live near the coast have fewer psychological problems can have health or social benefits: for example, it might be easier for poorer families to gain access to houses near the sea.
The same coastal areas, also called “blue spaces.” should be protected by governments, and the same institutions should try to understand, through new initiatives, how they can maximize the benefits of living near the sea for less prosperous families.
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