CRESH are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary symposium to be held at the University of Edinburgh on 31st March 2011. The event is being organised with the University’s Human Geography Research Group, in the School of GeoSciences.
It is well recognised that mental health and illness are significant causes of human disability and impairment. Academic researchers and policy makers are increasingly concerned with the relationship between the environment and various mental health related outcomes. It is acknowledged that risk and resilience to mental illness and distress is a strongly linked to characteristics of the environments in which we live, work and play. This symposium will draw on work from a number of fields to consider the role of the physical, social, built and healthcare environments in understanding human mental health and wellbeing. This interdisciplinary symposium will be of interest to policy makers, students and academic researchers working in the field of mental health and wellbeing.
Professor Sarah Curtis, Durham University
Dr Anne Ellaway, MRC Glasgow.
Professor Christine Milligan, Lancaster University
Prof Richard Mitchell, University of Glasgow
Dr Liz Twigg, University of Portsmouth
The programme of talks for the day is available here.
Date: 31st March 2011
Time: 1000 to 1800 hrs
Please sign up before 28th February 2011 by contacting:
Anna Kenyon (A.Kenyon@sms.ed.ac.uk)
Elizabeth Richardson presented our regional-level environmental deprivation work to the ScotStat Small Area Statistics event on 5th October 2010. The programme of talks can be found here, along with links to the talks: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/sns/SNSEve/051010SmallAreaStatistics
She gave a talk entitled “Multiple Environmental Deprivation in South Lanarkshire: Does It Influence Health?” which can be found here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/sns/SNSEve/051010MultipleEnvDep
The event provided a useful overview of small area statistics in Scotland, including the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics web portal and a range of interesting talks from other users of the data such as ourselves. Useful links were made with ScotStat, the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and other users. A key part of the day was a consultation on potential changes to Scotland’s key small area geography: the data zone. The process involves trading off the advantages of maintaining comparable populations between the areas but also keeping the area boundaries consistent through time.
Dr Jamie Pearce was part of a team of researchers considering the impact of the introduction of legislation in New Zealand that restricted the places where people can smoke. The results of the study, published recently, suggested that whilst the introduction of the smoking legislation has reduced the rate of hospital admissions due to heart attacks, this effect may be greater in males, older age groups and those living in more affluent neighbourhoods. The research was published in the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Reports on the findings have appeared on the BBC, ITV, national newspapers as well as various international media outlets. For example, see:
The paper itself can be found here