London Evening Standard Embarks Upon ‘Mental Health in the Metropolis’ Video Series

Living in a busy metropolis can definitely be a challenge to your overall mental health.

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Despite how wonderful it is waiting for a morning train next to a vibrant trash waterfall.

In addition to the strain that crowds, noises, and the high cost of living can put on your mental wellness, there are millions living in urban areas  who must handle those challenges while also managing a mental illness. The London Evening Standard has recently released a new video series dedicated to sharing the first-hand accounts of individuals who are faced with this battle every day. The series, Mental Health in the Metropolis, “aims to give an insight into the lives of extraordinary Londoners living and coping with their conditions whilst going about their daily lives.”

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The series has covered anorexia, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and psychotic episodes, giving Londoners an accurate depiction of how some of their neighbors struggle to participate in city life under the weight of their symptoms. In fact–as the series’ website points out–city dwellers are often at an increased risk for mental illness: a recent study determined that urban adolescents are 40 per cent more likely to have a psychotic experience than those teens living in more rural areas. Additionally, those who already have diagnosed mental illnesses find that they are regularly triggered by their urban environment: individuals with anxiety or eating disorders can find little solace in the hectic pace and social pressures of city living.

The videos are all available to be viewed online as they are released to the public. And if you or anyone you know is struggling with a mental illness and you would like to learn more, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or [email protected]

 

 


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