“Climate Change and Its Impacts on Mental Health” AND More on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin!

1) Climate Change and Its Impacts on Mental Health

Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to public health in modern times, and the mental health effects are no less concerning.

2) Nonopioid Approaches to Pain: The Hunt Is On

As the US opioid epidemic continues to grow, the need to find safe, effective, nonaddictive, nonopioid strategies for managing pain is increasingly urgent, say experts.

3) World Mental Health Day – Focus on Youth

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Every year this date calls our attention to a particular mental health priority. This year’s focus is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.

The focus on young people is fitting given that half of all mental disorders begin by age 14 and given that suicide is the second leading cause of death for 14 to 29-year-olds. Mental ill health among young people is a serious concern. The good news is that serious attention is being directed to addressing the situation, much of it led by young people.

4) Mental Illness Is Not a Crime

A person with serious mental illness is far more likely to be in prison than in a hospital. A program in Florida offers treatment instead of incarceration – and it’s working.

5) Can I Trick My Brain-Damaged Brother Into Taking His Meds?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on tricking a brain-injured relative into taking needed psychiatric medication and helping a schizophrenic roommate.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for more articles.

Best Regards,


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