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Planners know depressingly little about a city’s impacts on our mental health

01 Aug 2017
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Jason Byrne looks at the possibility that living in cities might be associated with higher rates of depression and anxiety.

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A large body of research shows that living in cities can harm our health. We know poor urban design can lead to people being less physically active, which is a factor in weight problems, obesity and cancers. But did you know urban life might lead to poor mental health?

Recent research points to the possibility that living in cities might be associated with higher rates of depression and anxiety. Some studies suggest that specific aspects of urban life might be “depressogenic” – in other words, lead to poor mental health.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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