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In the light of a traffic constable attacking a woman with a brick recently, Delhi Police has planned to initiate counseling sessions for its cops in order to improve their mental health. An NGO has also been roped in for the same.

This programme will train traffic police in interpersonal communication, a news report said.

“There will be simulated real-life situations and their reactions will be measured accordingly. The cops will also undergo a training to remain calm even after being confronted by angry drivers,” a senior traffic police officer told The Times of India.

“The module will cover issues ranging from conversational skills to personal upliftment of traffic police personnel through meditation and motivational talks,” senior officer added.

There will also be strict vigilance to check incidents of on-duty cops being attacked so that they too are assured about their jobs.

As per TOI report, earlier these programmes were held in a few districts, but were never introduced In Delhi.

Police officers told the newspaper that this programme would be started on a trial basis. However, the programme could be extended if positive feedback is received. The local police stations have also been asked to participate in the counseling sessions.

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Cycling, Walking Likely To Develop Better Mental Health

This association was even stronger among people who reported active commuting, the team said.

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Cycling, walking in nature may improve your mental health. Pixabay

People who commute — walking or cycling — through natural environments are more likely to develop better mental health than those who commute less, according to a new study.

Natural environments included all public and private outdoor spaces that contain ‘green’ and/or ‘blue’ natural elements such as street trees, forests, city parks and natural parks/reserves and all types of water bodies.

“Mental health and physical inactivity are two of the main public health problems associated with the life in urban environments. Urban design could be a powerful tool to confront these challenges and create healthier cities. One way of doing so would be investing in natural commuting routes for cycling and walking,” said Mark Nieuwenhuijsen from the University of Barcelona.

For the study, published in the journal, Environment International, the research team examined nearly 3,600 participants who answered a questionnaire about their commuting habits and their mental health.

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A couple walking, Pixabay

The findings showed that respondents commuting through natural environments on a daily basis had on average a 2.74 point higher mental health score compared to those who commuted through natural environments less frequently.

This association was even stronger among people who reported active commuting, the team said.

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“From previous experimental studies we knew that physical activity in natural environments can reduce stress, improve mood and mental restoration when compared to the equivalent activity in urban environments,” said first author Wilma Zijlema from the varsity.

“Although this study is the first of its kind to our knowledge and, therefore, more research will be needed, our data show that commuting through these natural spaces alone may also have a positive effect on mental health.” (IANS)

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