The British Journal of Psychiatry has published a report which says that the health of a person is better off in the countryside rather than in cities. Until recently, it was believed that isolation of rural living, lack of social networks and difficulties accessing amenities have a negative impact on the mental well-being of country folk, but the new study has confirmed that those people enjoy better physical and mental health than city-dwellers.
A team of psychologists from Warwick Medical School and Portsmouth and Bristol universities studied data for 7,659 adults, and found higher rates of suicides and common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety in urban areas.
There are small but statistically significant differences in rates of common mental disorders between urban and rural residents. Rural residents had a slightly better mental health record than their non-rural counterparts, according to the researchers.