Blue Spaces & Mental Health

December 07, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

A September 2019 study at the University of Exeter suggests that living close to the coast might be good for mental health. There are a few quotes that stand out to me as a photographer focused on nature and nautical subjects:

  • "..the growing evidence that access to blue spaces--particularly coastal environments--might improve health and well-being."
  • "This kind of research into blue health is vital to convincing governments to protect, create and encourage the use of coastal spaces." (Dr. Matthew White, University of Exeter) 
  • "Approximately one in six adults in England suffer from mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, and these are far more likely in people from poorer backgrounds. The findings suggest that access to the coast could help to reduce these health inequalities in towns and cities close to the sea."

 

This study is part of Europe's BlueHealth project that investigates the links between climate, environment, and health.  For more information click here:  BlueHealth

To read the University of Exeter study or the excerpt from Science Daily, click here:  Exeter Study

 


Source:  University of Exeter. "Coastal living linked with better mental health: Living close to the sea could support better mental health." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 September 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190930214514.htm>.

University of Exeter. (2019, September 30). Coastal living linked with better mental health: Living close to the sea could support better mental health. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 7, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190930214514.htm
University of Exeter. "Coastal living linked with better mental health: Living close to the sea could support better mental health." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190930214514.htm (accessed December 7, 2019).
 

 

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