Research by Dr. Mariko Kanamori and colleagues was introduced in an editorial of the Japan Agricultural News
Research by Dr. Mariko Kanamori (JSPS Research Fellow) and colleagues was introduced in an editorial of the Japan Agricultural News entitled “Measures against Depression in Rural Areas: A Comfortable Environment for Living” (dated May 16, 2022).
The online version of the article can be found here (in Japanese).
The outline of this research is available on Dr. Kanamori’s website.
1. Depression is 1.2 times more common in rural areas than in urban areas
However, 10% less depression is found among those who live in places from where it takes a long time to the city center
～The Potential of Social Capital to Close the Urban-Rural Divide in Mental Health～
2. People with long farming experience are 1.1 to 1.4 times more likely to be depressed if there are few farms in the vicinity
Social connections between people in the same profession that are not dependent on geographical distance may be needed
3. High suicide rates in regions with high dairy/livestock output
Consistent trends over the past 25 years
Causes such as overwork and lack of support need to be elucidated