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Urban mental health

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14 December 2023

Episode 635

38 minutes


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We investigate what effect the urban environment has on city dwellers’ mental health – from high stress to increased isolation – and explore some of the ways in which cities can provide a solution to these problems.

14 December 2023

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Chapter 1

11 minutes


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Chapter 1

Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation

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Julianne Holt-Lunstad discusses the recent publication from the US Surgeon General on isolation and loneliness, for which she was the lead science editor.

11 minutes

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Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation

Chapter 2

9 minutes


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Chapter 2

Mental health in the city

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The co-founder of the Centre for Urban Mental Health, Claudi Bockting, discusses the effects that cities can have on the way we feel.

9 minutes

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Mental health in the city

Chapter 3

8 minutes


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Chapter 3

Designing urban schools with mental health consideration

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Amir Ramezani, director at Avanti Architects, explores his firm’s New Regent’s College project, and how it considered users’ mental health, while also meeting the specific design needs of the facility.

8 minutes

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Chapter 4

8 minutes


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Chapter 4

How public art and nature affect our mood

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Lee Baker from Graphic Rewilding discusses how exposure to nature, even in the form of public art, can influence how we feel.

8 minutes

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How public art and nature affect our mood

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