Story highlights Survey data for 2 million people were linked to meteorological data for the new study Small rises in temperature and dramatic weather events resulting from warming can affect mental health (CNN)No matter where we live, weather touches each of us daily and the warming effects of climate change go beyond the physical environment. A rise in average monthly temperatures is tied to a small increase in mental health issues, according to a study published Monday in the journal PNAS. And over five years, a 1 degree Celsius increase in average temperature results in an even greater prevalence of mental difficulties. "We don't exactly know why we see high temperatures or increasing temperatures produce mental health problems," said Nick Obradovich, lead author of the study and a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. "For example, is poor sleep due to hot temperatures the thing that produces mental health problems? We have a lot of … [Read more...] about As global temperatures rise, so will mental health issues, study says
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IMPACT 07/03/2018 06:02 pm ET This sex researcher is fighting for their rights. By Catharine Smith Sex work is a difficult job. Many in the field have few (if any) workplace rights, and there’s a high risk of abuse and violence. Anywhere from 45 to 75 percent of sex workers around the world experience workplace violence in their lifetime, according to a 2014 review. Plus, intense stigma around the profession can both negatively affect mental health and dissuade people from seeking treatment. Yet sex workers ― a term that describes a plethora of jobs related to sex and eroticism, from adult film stars and strippers to people who work at brothels or on the street ― rarely feature in discussions about mental health. There are few studies on the topic, and the research that does exist is limited in scope, often omitting male and transgender sex workers, for example. In fact, trans people and people of color make up an … [Read more...] about Sex Workers Deserve Mental Health Care, Too
Dr. Andrew Segovia Kulik, chair of psychiatry at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, is the first to admit that maintaining good mental health is hard, even for those who know how to spot and treat a mental illness. "We know that wellness means so much more than just a healthy body. It also means a healthy mind," he said. "Much of mental health is related to how we physically treat our bodies, but there is still a significant portion of mental health that we cannot prevent just by lifestyle change. Instead, it may require medical intervention, and there should be no stigma." Mental illnesses are conditions that affect how a person thinks, feels, or behaves. Examples are: depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50 percent of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime.This May during Mental Health Month, Dr. Segovia Kulik encourages people to take an active role in … [Read more...] about Mental health check in — Five tips for a healthy mind and body
PUBLISHED: 08:36 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:36 15 May 2018 Sheena Grant Stress can harm physical and mental health. Knowing how to recognise it and take action to alleviate it is crucial. Picture: Getty Images RomoloTavani This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, from May 14 to 20, is focussing on stress and how we cope with it. We get some advice from local experts. Paula Meir. Picture: Paula Meir, contributed In our 24/7 busy world there are more people in a permanent state of stress than ever before, and if not managed it can easily affect mental health, says therapist, author and executive coach Paula Meir. “We have no problem talking about exercise, food and nutrition but ‘mental health issues’ are still much of a ‘no go’ area. But with one in six people suffering from stress/ anxiety and with over 200 different types of mental illness it’s an area which can no longer be brushed away,” says Norwich-based Paula. Many … [Read more...] about Mental Health Awareness Week: what are the signs you’re suffering from stress?
New research has suggested that if you want to boost your mental health, eating raw fruit and vegetables could be more beneficial than cooked, canned and processed options. Carried out by the University of Otago, New Zealand, the study set out to see if how we ate our fruit and vegetables could be just as important, if not more so, as how many we ate. Although many public health campaigns have pushed the idea of aiming for five portions of fruit and vegetables a day in any form, the new findings suggest it could also be important to consider in what way produce was prepared and consumed, especially for mental health benefits. For the study, the team looked at 422 participants aged 18 to 25 and living in New Zealand and the United States. They chose to focus on this age group as young adults typically have the lowest consumption of fruit and vegetables and are at a high risk for mental health disorders. Participants were surveyed on their consumption of raw, cooked, and … [Read more...] about Want Better Mental Health? Eat Produce Raw