Scouts and Guides at lower risk of mental illness in later life

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Researchers say programmes that help children develop self-reliance and teamwork may have lifelong benefits

Joining the Scouts or Guides in childhood appears to help lower the risk of mental illness in later life, a study suggests.

Children who participate in the organisations – which aim to develop qualities such as self-reliance, resolve and a desire for self-learning – are likely to go on to have better mental health in middle age, the findings show.

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