A new study published in the Health and Place Journal reveals that there is a link between the coastal living and better mental health. If one lives close to the sea he/she might have better mental health in the poorest urban communities in England.
University of Exeter researchers conducted a survey on 26,000 respondents. The results of the survey revealed that for those who belong from lowest-earning households, living in large towns and cities near to England’s coastline will bring better mental health.
One in six adults in England is suffering from a mental health disorder. The research findings suggest that access to the coast can reduce the health inequalities in towns and cities close to the sea.
Dr. Jo Garrett led the study and said, “Our research suggests, for the first time, that people in poorer households living close to the coast experience fewer symptoms of mental health disorders. When it comes to mental health, this ‘protective’ zone could play a useful role in helping to level the playing field between those on a high and low income.”
An environmental psychologist at the University of Exeter Dr. Mathew White said, “This kind of research into blue health is vital to convincing governments to protect, create and encourage the use of coastal spaces. We need to help policymakers understand how to maximize the wellbeing benefits of ‘blue’ spaces in towns and cities and ensure that access is fair and inclusive for everyone, while not damaging our fragile coastal environments.”