BBC Radio Kent interview: Living by the coast is better for mental health

Living by the coast is good for mental health

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This morning (1 October 2019) Adam Colthorpe, our Director of Communications, was on BBC Radio Kent to talk about how living near the coast can improve your mental health (Starts at 2 hours, 33 minutes).

In a new study published today in the journal Health and Place, Researchers from the University of Exeter used survey data from nearly 26,000 respondents in their research, to investigate 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 for those in the lowest-earning households.

South Kent Mind has long taken the view that our fortunate coastal position of supporting mental health in Lydd, New Romney, Hythe, Folkestone, Dover, and Deal (along with our inland villages) gives us the perfect perspective on the wonderful benefits of living by the sea including our wellbeing programme which includes activities such as coastal walks, cycling, social lunches, and volunteering opportunities with our partners The National Trust.

The study found that there is a link between self-reporting anxiety and depression and your proximity to the coast. The report compared people living within 1km of the coast with people living more than 50km from the coast and found a positive correlation.

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