There is a certain allure to living in the big city — magnificent structures and an efficient way of life represent the strides we’ve made in human imagination and community development. In fact, around 1.5 million people a week are moving to urban environments and by 2050, more than two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities.
However, rapid and unplanned urban growth has its drawbacks, and the enormous number of people being added to the global urban population puts a strain on modern living. This leads to increased levels of pollution and environmental degradation, along with unsustainable production and consumption patterns (World Urbanization Prospects, 2014).
These challenges to our wellbeing, safety, and quality of life can also place significant stress on our mental health as we worry about various issues that affect how we live and work. Mental health is, on average, worse in urban environments. A relationship can be drawn between urbanisation and mental illness, as a higher prevalence rate of mental disorders can be observed in cities (Srivastava, 2009).