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New Research Shows Mental Benefits of Living Near The Sea

A new study has found that living close to the sea offers mental health benefits, especially when compared with being in a city.

Researchers from the University of Exeter used survey data from nearly 26,000 respondents in their analysis, which marks one of the most detailed investigations ever into the wellbeing effects of being beside the sea.

After taking other related factors into account, the study revealed that living in large towns and cities near to England’s coastline is linked with better mental health, especially for those on low incomes.

Approximately one in six adults in England suffer from mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, and the findings suggest that access to the coast could help to reduce these health inequalities in towns and cities close to the sea.

Dr Mathew White, an environmental psychologist at the University of Exeter, said: “This kind of research into blue health is vital to convincing governments to protect, create and encourage the use of coastal spaces.”

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