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New research suggests that people who live to the ocean or sea are . Researchers from the University of Exeter in the UK say people who live in areas have better mental health than people who live . This is for rich people and poor people. The researchers looked at from surveys of 25,963 people. The surveys asked people questions about their happiness, and income. They found that those who live within one kilometer of the coast are 22 per cent less to show any signs of mental health problems. People who lived more than 50 kilometers from the coast had more of mental health problems. The researchers found that poorer people living within of the coast were around 40 per cent less likely to have mental health symptoms than who lived inland.

Lead researcher of the , doctor Jo Garrett, said: "Our research suggests, for the first time, that people in poorer households living close to the coast experience symptoms of mental health disorders." She said the area along coasts seemed to protect people from experiencing mental health . They seemed to improve people's health and . Dr Garrett added: "When it comes to mental health, this protective zone could play a useful role in helping to level the playing between those on high and low ." Another researcher, Dr Mathew White, said: "We need to help policy understand how to maximize the wellbeing of 'blue' spaces in towns and cities. We need to ensure that is fair and inclusive for everyone, while not damaging our coastal environments."

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