Neighbourhoods and mental well-being

I have just come across an interesting overview of a 2009 article in the peer-reviewed academic journal Health and Place: Neighbourhoods and mental well-being: What are the pathways? The article looks at the specific means by which neighbourhoods affect mental well-being. The overview isn’t available online yet (it should be up next month and I will post it asap) but the following statement caught my eye:

Participants reported that some of the most important items for good mental well-being included friendliness of neighbours, sense of community, interaction between neighbours, neighbourhood governance, and residents being involved in neighbourhood change. Participants also noted that trees, bike paths, parks, and walkable areas were strongly related to good mental well-being”. (O’Campo, P. Salmon, C. Burke, 2009 Neighbourhoods and mental well-being: What are the pathways? Health and place, 15: 56-68)

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