A new study has found that living in close proximity to good public transport links could reduce our chances of suffering from depression and the need to be prescribed anti-depressants.
The study was published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and looked at five characteristics which might impact our quality of life including development density, land use, public space, cultural and sport facilities and transport access.
Researchers then compared the above to anti-depressant medications and the results showed that good public transport access is the biggest contributor in reducing the risk of depression - especially amongst women and the elderly.
The link was particularly noted in women because on average, they live closer to their workplaces, use more public transport (higher number of trips per day) and walk more in comparison to men.
Those living in less densely populated areas were also less likely to experience depression. On the other hand, antidepressant prescriptions were highest amongst those who were the most inactive and had less education.
The authors of the study commented:
“In order to address mental health inequalities, urban policies should invest in the delivery of services that enhance resilience factors, above all a good public transport network, in a careful and equal manner throughout the city.”
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