Mental illness rise linked to climate change says new report

August 30, 2011LONDON – 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. The report, A Climate of Suffering: The Real Cost of Living with Inaction on Climate Change, called the past 15 years a preview of life under unrestrained global warming. While cyclones, drought, bushfires and floods are all a normal part of Australian life, there is no doubt our climate is changing, the report says. For instance, the intensity and frequency of bushfires is greater. This is a ‘new normal’, for which the past provides little guidance. Moreover, recent conditions are entirely consistent with the best scientific predictions: as the world warms so the weather becomes wilder, with big consequences for people’s health and well-being. The paper suggests a possible link between Australia’s recent decade-long drought and climate change. It points to a breakdown of social cohesion caused by loss of work and associated stability, adding that the suicide rate in rural communities rose by 8 per cent. The report also looks at mental health in the aftermath of major weather events possibly linked to climate change. It shows that one in 10 primary school children reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of cyclone Larry in 2006. More than one in 10 reported symptoms more than three months after the cyclone. There’s really clear evidence around severe weather events, the executive director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute, Professor Ian Hickie, said. –SMH.com
“And there shall be signs in the Sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the Earth distress of nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring. Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” Luke 21:25, 26
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30 Responses to Mental illness rise linked to climate change says new report

  1. LA says:

    “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
    ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’
    “No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither heights nor depths, no anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us form the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.”
    Romans 8:35-39

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  2. OH YEAH? I do not support that WE have anything to do with the Global Weather! But I do know that these changes will shake the entire Earth population to it’s core beliefs. Earthquakes (not a result of Global Warming) will cause nervousness, lack of concentration and panic attacks. For some they will understand and become stronger. Others resort to drugs (recreational and prescription) to fog their minds and bodies. These “foggy” ones are subject to evil entities invading and becoming real in the physical. Much like Demonic Possession. Then all Hell breaks loose.. not a good thing. btw Al Gore is already possessed..just look at him.

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    • Son of Thunder says:

      Did you know that AG was born nine months later from the Roswell UFO episode? Indeed, illegal drug use is an open invitation to demonic abuse…

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  3. Education says:

    I 2nd that.

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  4. Moco says:

    The military finally has mind controls in place. Psyops to the media. Well, actually a small group. Most of the working military have fallen victim of the testing.
    These morons are really on this global warming distraction.
    I can only guess it is a series of distractions to increase global control and domination. Evil is weighing down the scales of about everything, especially justice.

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  5. Adam Taylor says:

    These scientists are idiots. Plain and simple. Anything to further climate change and global warming. What creeps.

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  6. Dave says:

    I believe that we are causing a type of global warming, but maybe in a different sense than the one previously thought. I don’t believe, we caused global warming by our physical form but rather from our spiritual sense. Take this for what it is.

    The world was created perfect in every way. Every time someone sins it creates negative forces acting against the positive forces of Gods creation. So in essence we are creating our own disasters, the difference is, is that we call this science, which hides fault behind a curtain of truth.

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  7. saxxonblack says:

    As a famous person once said “I’d rather a bottle infront of me than a Frontal Lobotomy.” (reminder the word ‘bottle’ does not advocate any liquid of any kind).
    All religion, science and collectives that believe in forms of division in human life are far from acceptance of natural self. Hence the artificial life that people perceive that can not allow the individual to form selfhood within. The individual gets constantly divided by all the bullsh*+ of (so called) “experts” and religious “Mystics” Who are really estimators and have no real clue to “you” as a person. But will tell you exactly what you need to believe in order to structure the chaos.
    Once you figure out and accept most things are. “Just What is.” and react as your unconditioned self (as most people are conditioned to react in certain ways) Then the self can make a conscious decision based on………. (insert own unconditioned, undogmatic, uncolective vision of future here).

    Nahhhh! that is too hard… give me a dose of religion, Science, Blogs, Facts, statistics, tweets, Sugary drinks, fast food, TV, latest pills, weight control, fitness, New age Guru…. Yeah finding the self is way too hard…… What was I thinking writing this…???? Hopefully it will be censored by the powers that be.

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  8. Pagan says:

    I kind of agree with this report, I’m Australian & know quite a few people who are suffering PTSD due to the Vic bushfires & especially now after the QLD floods. There is a whole new culture of fear in this country regarding the new severity of events that are happening. Yesterday in Sth East QLD they had a huge storm batter them again, with something like 11,000 lightning strikes in an hour which to me, is quite amazing.

    I have family who grows wool on the Riverina & have seen my Uncle, a staunch, weatherbeaten, tough old country man cry as he shot sheep that he could no longer sustain due to falling wool prices & drought. I have seen my sisters family lose their house & everything in it, washed away in the QLD floods. I also lost my 15 year old daughter to suicide because she had lost hope, lost strength & felt that there was nothing left. Now you tell me that this is not enough to damage people? To make them anxious & depressed? And I am one of thousands of Australians who have been impacted by this.

    So before people make assumptions on military mind control or the non existence of Climate Change or that Governments are making ridiculous claims that it’s not happening, or people making stupid comments like Al Gore is possessed – read a bit more & open your eyes.

    Blessings

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    • Dakota says:

      Pagan

      Such an amazing truth comes to us from 2 Corinthians 12:10:

      “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

      Lately it seems every Child of God is dealing with this truth. Every single one of us carries some type of weakness; some of us now endure hardship and persecution, others are seeing their lives tumble around them. So many right now, in fact, that those who normally are the ones who can encourage an entire Church to remain fixed on Jesus, are they themselves in need of someone to cradle their heads so they can view His face.

      Although it’s hard for our finite minds to grasp, there is a divine link between human weakness and spiritual strength. Our treasure lies in finding the application in our lives.

      Paul has found it in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “He (Jesus) said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” He then continues with verse 10, and I will quote it again to gain the beauty of context: 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

      I think this verse is often stripped down so much so that we miss it’s powerful meaning. Simply stated (and often quoted this way) it means that God will help us through anything. It deals powerfully with the question of how can we as humans really submit to God’s will in our own power.

      Is it even possible? Can we without God do that which is commanded of us, and submit to burdens so extreme that Satan would use them to crush us if he could? We must not just give God lip service to make it sound like we are submitting, (as foolish it it may sound to some) but taking true joy in our trials and WHOLEHEARTEDLY BELIEVING that they are for our own good, not to mention for God’s Glory.
      We cannot battle Satan on our own, nor is it expected of us. Trying to battle Satan on our own or trying to make sense of it all is attempting to do God’s work. Try to put faith where it belongs.

      Your daughter; condolences….. may she rest in peace and may all the memories you have of her be with you most especially the wonderful/beautiful ones.

      Much love to you Pagan.

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      • Pagan says:

        In my Faith I am strong & invincible. I am now & always have been, guided by my Mother’s Hand. She who I submitted to many eons ago & in return has given me the strength & courage to withstand heartbreak & loss, She who has comforted me throughout many a dark, long night where I have never felt more alone until I again felt Her whisper & Her kiss burn my brow. She who is both Giving & Taking, She who is All, Everything & totally Infinite. I am never alone whilst my Mother walks beside me.

        It is watching my loved ones battle with their dwindling Faith in their God & their hardships that renders me, it is watching their pain & confusion in what is happening to them that breaks my heart. They do not understand, they do not listen, their eyes are shut & their hearts are closed to the Truth.

        I respect your Beliefs Dakota & thank you for your kind sentiments. Much Love & Light to you also.

        Blessings

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  9. Mavis says:

    The climate IS changing (and carbon is not the definitive cause – it’s just taxable). The whole planet is changing – and a lot of that affects climate (e.g. ash clouds, heat emissions, axial movement) not the other way around. Floods and droughts are made worse by the failings of government and insurance companies and other greedy institutions, all of which demand more and give less. We need God but we don’t listen to Him. We listen to lies. And hope dies. This study blames climate change for loss of ‘social cohesion’ which leads to mental breakdown. In reality, disaster tends to bring people together; it is futility that creates depression. People are worked to exhaustion and then can’t get another job. Farmers work for nothing only to see supermarkets charge obscene prices for their produce. People pay for insurance and lose anyway because of disinformation. Governments are hypocritical and inept. Most so-called Christian churches ignore God and worship money and/or control. Other religions (including celebrity worship, politics and atheism) are just as immoral. People with no conscience prey on the young and vulnerable. Courts are untrustworthy and justice is a victim of legalities and corruption. It is our Godlessness that is destroying us. We can change THAT.

    Choose life.

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  10. Mark says:

    Can there be fear without thoughts??

    This got to be the worst excuse I ever have seen for mental illness.
    Thoughts are what creates conflicts within man, and when man dont understand and know himself, then how on earth shall he understand anybody else or anything outside himself?

    Selfknowledge is the key out of mental illness, disorder, as its only our lack of knowledge of ourself that creates conflicts within man.

    All great thinkers throughtout time told, that when man understands himself he will find peace, and its not until we understand ourself, there will be peace in the world. Everything around us is changing constantly, you have to be your own anchor, and you can only be that by truely understanding and knowing yourself.

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  11. klem says:

    All we need to do is build a couple more wind turbines. That will take care of that problem.

    Cheers

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  12. And now for the weather…Tiffany?

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  13. Me says:

    I live in Oklahoma and am so sick of the heat, I could cry. Now it’s wildfires.

    I feel for you Pagan. Calamity after calamity can make the most sane and centered person anxious, depressed or cause them to suffer PTSD. These mental health issues are REAL.

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    • Pagan says:

      Thanks for your kind reply Me. I too know what extreme heat is & how awful it can be. I live in a part of Australia that is so hot in Summer, people just a bit further Nth of me live in underground houses to escape it. I remember laying in a stupor, almost senseless during a heatwave of 3 weeks of 40c+ in 2009, the same year that 179 people were killed in Bushfires in the neighbouring state of Victoria. There were unconfirmed reports of over 300 people dying in my state alone due to hyperthermia from this heawave. That sort of heat is almost unbearable, so I feel for you also. Be cautious & vigilant, keep your fluids up & seek shelter & coolness wherever you can find it.

      You are right, when people are pushed to the brink time after time after Earth Change events & see their loved ones suffer & watch what is happening to all the other people on
      Earth, it can make you anxious, depressed & cause psychological problems. I know first hand, I am witness to my loved ones & their grief. Knowing the trials & tribulations & what is certainly in store for this Planet & for Mankind is also another factor so you must be strong, start preparing & take comfort & solace in whatever Faith you prescribe to.

      Peace, Light & Love

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  14. Pia says:

    Phillipians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

    2 timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

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    • LA says:

      these go right along with the Romans scripture I quoted at the top. Thanks for assisting in the continual turning of our thoughts and minds to higher things.

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    • Dakota says:

      Pia, I could not said it better……. they are beautiful and much needed at this time.

      Here are a few more:

      “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28

      “But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm” Proverbs 1:33

      ” When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:1,2

      “Change is never easy, you fight to hold on, and you fight to let go.” – The Wonder Years

      In essence people who say they believe in the Creator God often neglect too; “let go and
      let God”

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  15. Me says:

    The verses are very comforting, however, as a mental health therapist, I cannot tell my clients they are mentally ill because they are not Christian enough or don’t believe enough or don’t pray enough. Tell someone with schizophrenia they can get well through prayer. Tell doctors their patients are only mentally ill because they didn’t believe hard enough. I’m sorry. Mental illness is real.

    That insinuates that someone is mentally ill simply because their faith is lacking. I can’t believe that, as there is scientific proof that some mental illnesses are caused by misfiring or dysfunctional brain chemicals.

    I don’t know why some folks develop mental illnesses and some don’t. Why some folks can function with their mental illness and others can’t. I just don’t know.

    Though i do believe that prayer and study can help, perhaps truly cure, but i cannot believe that one is mentally ill because one hasn’t enough faith.

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    • I don’t think anyone is insinuating that mental illness isn’t real or that people have a mental illness because they lack faith. Just like people don’t get cancer or have heart attacks because they lack faith. Even the Apostle Paul had a physical ailment that God allowed him to have. And many great evangelists struggled with depression and other illnesses. I don’t think anyone could accuse them of lack of faith. But for those of us who are struggling with any kind of illness, the verses are comforting.

      Yes, I know that there are so called “faith healers” who try to tell their flock that lack of faith causes illnesses, but most are charlatans and are after money. Jesus is the Great Healer and sometimes He does heal, but we live in a sinful, fallen world where disease of any kind can and will affect anyone regardless of race, creed, economic status, or religion. We were not promised a life free from pain and illness on this world.

      So please don’t take offense when we quote scripture. We mean it for comfort and/or clarification.

      Be blessed and Maranatha

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    • Pagan says:

      I agree. Though I am a of an alternative Faith, I did have my daughter baptized, communed & confirmed to please my family, I had her educated within Catholic schools, took her to Church – did everything I could to respect all concerned. I was vilified because of my Faith & in the fact I am a medium. When she became sick, I was told she was possessed, needed an exorcism, was not religious enough, did not have enough Faith in Christ etc etc etc. When she died, I was told by the same priests who had known this child all her life, that she was burning in hell, that I was at fault because of my beliefs, that she could not be buried in sacred ground. I felt like I was living in the 14th century. Faith can cure, but you’re right, it cannot cure everything, especially mental illness.

      Blessings

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      • Pagan, that’s horrible. I regret you had such an experience. My deep condolences…

        peace and love,
        Alvin

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      • Oh I’m so sorry all that happened to you. I can understand why people view the “christian” religion with skepticism. No church leader should ever say that to a member of his church. Of course, so many churches, and not just the Catholic church, treat Christianity as a religion when it is in reality a relationship between God the perfect Creator, Jesus the Son who was willing to go to the cross to pay our debt for sin, and us, we who will never be able to enter the presence of a Holy God by ourselves. It is man who has turned something beautiful into a religion with man-made laws.

        Okay, enough sermonizing for me. I just wanted to say I’m sorry for what you went through.

        Be blessed and Maranatha

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  16. Me says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss and surrounding experience, Pagan. 😦

    and thank you all for not taking my comments in the wrong light.

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