“Living in the country dials down my stress levels, which is so critical for my mental health. There are real emotional benefits to being so close to nature – I love to go bushwalking regularly and photographing wildlife.” – Cameron

Overview

There are benefits to a wholesome, active, and supportive neighbourhood community. It is not just our home environment that influences us; the neighbourhood in which we live does too.

Feeling safe is important for mental health and overall wellbeing. Elements that can contribute to a feeling of neighbourhood safety include seeing other people out and about, friends who live nearby, useful facilities, and positive relations with neighbours.

Engaging socially and with the community often has a very positive effect on wellbeing. If you feel unsafe in your local area, you may be reluctant to go out. Physical health is more accessible when you feel the neighbourhood is safe enough to go for a walk or take part in a group activity.

Personal factors can affect feelings of safety in the neighbourhood. Mobility, disability, and being alone are examples. Whether you have personally experienced crime in your neighbourhood, or observed social unrest, it may be more difficult to feel your neighbourhood is safe. Sometimes, you may find it difficult to form close bonds with neighbours, which can cause feelings of vulnerability.

A close-knit neighbourhood can provide a sense of belonging, extra safety, and support. Find out more about feeling safe, stable, and secure, financial safety, and home and housing.

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Page last updated 28th September 2017