NEEDS: Dynamic Urban Environmental Exposures on Depression and Suicide


Helbich M, O’Connor R, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Hagedoorn P, 2020: Greenery Exposure and Suicide Mortality Later in Life: A Longitudinal Register-based Case-control Study. Environmental
International (in press)


Helbich M, Mute Browning M, Huss A, 2020: Outdoor Light at Night, Air Pollution and Depressive Symptoms: A Cross-sectional Study in the Netherlands. Science of the Total Environment (in press)


Helbich M, Hagenauer J, Roberts, H (2020). Relative importance of perceived physical and social neighborhood characteristics for depression: A machine learning approach. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 55, 599–610.

Hagedoorn P, Groenewegen P, Roberts H, Helbich M (2019). Is suicide mortality associated with neighbourhood social fragmentation and deprivation? A Dutch register-based case-control study using individualized neighbourhoods. Journal of Epidemiology and Communityhealth, 74, 197–202.

Roberts H, van Lissa C, Hagedoorn P, Kellar I, Helbich M (2019). The effect of short-term exposure to the natural environment on depressive mood: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Environmental Research, 177, 108606.


Helbich M (2019). Dynamic Urban Environmental Exposures on Depression and Suicide in the Netherlands (NEEDS): A Protocol for a Cross-sectional Smartphone Tracking Study and a Longitudinal Population Register Study. BMJ Open, 9(8), e030075.


Wang, R, Helbich, M., Yao, Y, Zhang, J, Liu, P, Yuan, Y & Liu, Y (2019). Urban greenery and mental wellbeing in adults: Cross-sectional mediation analyses on multiple pathways across different greenery measures. Environmental Research, 176, 108535.


Helbich M (2019). Spatiotemporal contextual uncertainties in green space exposure measures: Exploring a time series of the normalized difference vegetation indices. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, pp. 1-13.

Helbich M,  Yao Y, Liu Y, Zhang J, Liu P & Wang R (2019). Using deep learning to examine street view green and blue spaces and their associations with geriatric depression in Beijing, China. Environment International, 126, pp. 107-117.


Birenboim A, Dijst M, Scheepers F, Poelman M & Helbich M (2019). Wearables and location tracking technologies for mental-state sensing in outdoor environments. The Professional Geographer, 71, pp. 449-461.


Wang, R, Liu, Y, Xue, D, Yao, Y, Liu, P & Helbich, M. (2019). Cross-sectional associations between long-term exposure to particulate matter and depression in China: The mediating effects of sunlight, physical activity, and neighborly reciprocity. Journal of Affective Disorders, 249, pp. 8-14.

Zock J-P, Verheij R, Helbich M, Völker B, Spreeuwenberg P, Strak Maciek, Janssen N, Dijst M & Groenewegen P (2018). The impact of social capital, land use, air pollution and noise on individual morbidity in Dutch neighbourhoods. Environment International, 121, pp. 453-460.

Boers S, Hagoort K, Scheepers F & Helbich M (2018). Does residential green and blue space promote recovery in psychotic disorders? A cross-sectional study in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (10),  pp. 1-8.


Helbich, M (2018). Mental health and environmental exposures: An editorial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (10),  pp. 1-4.


Helbich M, Klein N, Roberts H, Hagedoorn P & Groenewegen P (2018). More green space is related to less antidepressant prescription rates in the Netherlands: A Bayesian geoadditive quantile regression approach. Environmental Research, 66, pp. 290-297.


Helbich M, de Beurs D, Kwan M-P, O’Connor R & Groenewegen P (2018). Natural environments and suicide mortality in the Netherlands: A cross-sectional, ecological study. The Lancet Planetary Health, 2, pp. e134–e139.


Helbich M (2018). Toward dynamic urban environmental exposure assessments in mental health research. Environmental Research, 161, pp. 129-135.


Helbich M, Plener P, Hartung S & Blüml V (2017). Spatiotemporal suicide risk in Germany: A longitudinal study 2007-11. Scientific Reports, 7, pp. 1-8.


Helbich M, Blüml V, de Jong T, Plener P, Kwan M-P & Kapusta, N (2017). Urban-rural inequalities in suicide mortality: A comparison of urbanicity indicators. International Journal of Health Geographics, 16, 39.