Mental illness rise linked to climate change


Locutus
#1
That's right...


RATES of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says.
The paper, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake of severe weather events related to climate change could be linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance abuse.
As many as one in five people reported ''emotional injury, stress and despair'' in the wake of these events.

Read more: Mental illness rise linked to climate


Whatever.


 
petros
#2
Loss of social cohesion? Is that why most kids are born in September? People stay home and boink in January?
 
Colpy
+1
#3
Well, if Al Gore is any indication....lol
 
SLM
+1
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Locutus View Post

That's right...


RATES of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says.
The paper, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake of severe weather events related to climate change could be linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance abuse.
As many as one in five people reported ''emotional injury, stress and despair'' in the wake of these events.

I may be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure one in five people would report "emotional injury, stress and despair" as a result of just getting out of bed in the morning.

And $5.00 says the phrase "could be linked" will become "is linked" within 24 hours.
 
Tonington
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

And $5.00 says the phrase "could be linked" will become "is linked" within 24 hours.

The title of the thread/media outlet already removed the could be, that is to say they removed the caveats. Popular press sucks at reporting research results.
 
SLM
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Tonington View Post

The title of the thread/media outlet already removed the could be, that is to say they removed the caveats. Popular press sucks at reporting research results.

My bad, didn't notice the title, was simply the reading the article as posted in the OP. So I guess that means nobody will be taking my bet, huh?

And between you and me, I think the popular press sucks at reporting a lot of things.
 
Sparrow
+1
#7
Well with all the fear mongering going on in today's world, it is not surprising.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post

Well with all the fear mongering going on in today's world, it is not surprising.

Is it fear mongering or reality setting in?
 
lone wolf
+1
#9
Linked to mental illness? All the debate and misinformation is enough to drive anyone nuts....
 
Cliffy
#10
These are not mental illness issues, they are emotional issues. Depression, for example, is anger without enthusiasm. Emotions have nothing to do with the mind. Sounds like someone is trying to make money off inventing non-existing mental illnesses.
 
karrie
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#11
Of course rates will jump... because mental health professionals will be looking for, and asking about trauma from the event, and diagnosing it. If someone came to ask me a million questions about my dead aunty, they'd probably diagnose me as having post traumatic stress from her death, that doesn't mean that it's something that bothers me daily to such a degree that I'd need to seek out help. But, a mental health professional would likely be thrilled to say it's the cause of a depression I might end up with down the road. And I say this as someone with an avid interest in the profession.
 
mentalfloss
#12
Some background on the Climate Institute - who completed the study..

Established in late 2005, The Climate Institute is a non-partisan, independent research organisation that works with community, business and government to catalyse and drive the change and innovation needed for a low pollution economy and culture.

Our vision is for a resilient Australia prospering in a low carbon global economy, participating fully and fairly in international climate change solutions.

The Climate Institute is primarily funded by a donation from the Poola Foundation

Mental illness rise linked to climate


More on The Poola Foundation...


Mark began his presentation by explaining that the Poola Foundation is a charitable entity. He and his wife (the Director’s of the Poola Foundation) consider it to be the ‘divestment arm’ of their family company. The Foundation’s primary areas of focus are on the environment, social justice, and peace. In its activities, the foundation aims to inspire, to educate and to demonstrate solutions. The Foundation tends to provide larger grants but has made grants ranging from $2,000 to $10 million in size. By 30 June 2007, the Foundation expects to have distributed about $30 million in grants.

Ethical Investment Summary Notes from a Philanthropy Australia Seminar

In terms of its investments the Poola Foundation has a mixed portfolio that includes shares, residential and commercial property, bank bills, venture capital and direct-controlled assets. These investments are generally of a positive nature and complement their grantmaking.

In concluding his presentation Mark noted that climate change is currently a headline issue and is one that the Poola Foundation has been concerned with for some time. It is also an issue that the Foundation is considering when reviewing its existing investments and when assessing investment opportunities. He urged guests to consider the long-term effects of companies operating in carbon-intensive industries on the environment and on their investment portfolios. The Foundation’s views are that such companies will not make good long-term investments. Furthermore, he asked guests to think about how they could support their grantmaking and charitable objectives through their investment portfolio; and to consider, at the very least, how they could avoid confusing or counteracting their grantmaking objectives through their investment decisions.

His final comment was that ethical investing doesn’t have to be ‘all-in’ or ‘all-out’. Foundations can dip their toe in the water with say 10% of their investment portfolio and as their comfort level grows with the concept they can increase the percentage of their portfolio that is dedicated to ‘ethical investments’.


http://www.philanthropy.org.au/pdfs/..._March2007.pdf
 

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