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Living close to the sea is good for your mental health, new study finds

Those living within half a mile of coastal areas are less likely to suffer with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety

Living with one kilometre of the sea is good for your mental health, according to a new study. Getty 
Living with one kilometre of the sea is good for your mental health, according to a new study. Getty 

Living close to the sea has a positive effect on your mental health, according to a new study.

Researchers in the UK found that those living within half a mile of coastal areas were less likely to suffer with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

The study, conducted by Exeter University, analysed the data of more than 26,000 people who participated in the Health Survey for England.

The results found a link between psychological wellbeing and the natural environment – something known as “Blue Health”.

Those living within a kilometre of the sea were 22 per cent less likely to show symptoms relating to mental health when compared with those living 50km or more away.

The study also found that low income families living within one kilometre of the sea were 40 per cent less likely to suffer with mental health issues than those on the same income living more than 50km inland.

Researchers concluded that the coast may act as a “protective zone” for wellbeing. “Our research suggests, for the first time, that people in poorer households living close to the coast experience fewer symptoms of mental health disorders,” said Dr Jo Garrett, lead author of the study. “When it comes to mental health, this 'protective' zone could play a useful role in helping to level the playing field between those on high and low income.”

Updated: October 2, 2019 03:26 PM

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