Age and deprivation aside, why do coastal areas still have a higher burden of disease and health risk factors? Why are mortality ratios significantly higher and life expectancy significantly lower than in non-coastal areas? Can ‘blue’ social prescribing, such as wild swimming, be used to promote social connection, improved mental health and wellbeing?
There is significant experience of ‘green’ social prescribing for people with depression and anxiety, as well as for substance abuse, but questions remain as to whether proximity to the coast can mitigate the effects of:
- lower-than-average wages
- seasonal jobs
- low skills
- poor education attainment and social immobility.