Post your “COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING” topical homework here:

  1. Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  2. Post a link or citation for at least one article per week on your topic (you should have actually read it, and it will help your teammates if you add some comment as to what interested you).

Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team.

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14 Responses to “Community Mental Health and Well-Being”

  1. monique3421 Says:

    Hw 3

    – Water is getting to the point where its only 2.5% fresh. Water pollution is huge, our fruits and vegetables are getting water by that same water you see getting polluted. Dirty water, Dirty food. Polar bears are losing there homes due to the glaciers melting.

    Causes And Dangers Of Polluted Water
    http://www.enotalone.com/article/12818.html

  2. monique3421 Says:

    HW:2
    Native americans lived for years without electricity, F2500, and without hurting the enviroment.They lived longer and clearer then usual’s. They walked for water, which gained them endurance and healthy legs.

    http://www.powwows.com/gathering/native-issues/38252-native-americans-torn-their-past-surviving-forced-resettlement.html

    How indigenous Native American people faced forced resettlement and survived

  3. monique3421 Says:

    Washington post:
    Hurricane Katrina Exacts Another Toll: Enduring Depression

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/22/AR2007092200600.html

  4. monique3421 Says:

    The Green Collar Economy, directs some mental and health issues. One eye opener in the book is the Hurricane Katrina factor. The economy went down hill, and so as the people of our nation.

    The Hurricane victims were left without a hand. While President Bush was at McCains birthday party, Katrina left people homeless and hungry for their life back. People gave up, they felt as if there was no help coming to them. Large amount suffer still today with depression. Innocent people lost their house, hopes, and life’s.

  5. bobocharlon Says:

    Points from book — Homework for 3/16/09

    As mentioned in my previous post, there is not much of a focus on mental health and wellness in this book.

    However, this week’s chapter “Waste Equals Food” planted a seed in my thinking: The vital importance of giving back as much as one takes.

    The premise of the chapter is that in nature waste does equal food, e.g. flowers that don’t become fruit fall to the ground to nourish the soil, in China human waste is reincorporated into the soil to enrich it, etc.

    On a soulful level, I believe our energy resonates at a higher frequency when we know we’re doing as much as we can to contribute in equal measure to how much we take from the system that maintains life. Higher frequencies are linked to better health.

    In contrast, there is a lower vibration when we consume without regard to how much we give in return.

    The impact on our health is the inherent balancing mechanism that will always, eventually right itself.

    Giving back as much as we consume = better wellness (read: not necessarily disease-free or perfect health!)

    Taking more than we give = decreased wellness

  6. bobocharlon Says:

    Article — Homework for 3/16/09

    Organic Transitions: Beyond the Gloom & Doom of Economic Depression, Climate Change, & Peak Oil By Ronnie Cummins

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_15140.cfm

    There is no doubt individuals and communities are taking a very hard hit to their well-being during this recent economic shift. Down to a cellular level, health is being impacted.

    However, it is only by taking action, ever, that not only do we begin to feel better, but that our physical and mental wellness can be restored. So, instead of focusing on the “bad” news, focusing on what we CAN do and what actions CAN make a difference will move is in that direction.

    One succinct, inspiring excerpt from the article:

    “We can join together with our fellow citizens and begin the absolutely essential process of organizing Organic Transitions committees and campaigns in our local areas, starting with local organic food buying clubs, house parties, and study and action circles.”

    There’s always more we can do. Feeling better about ourselves, each other, our communities and our world usually begins with taking some kind of action.

  7. saulramos Says:

    Worlchanging reading included the topic of Shelter this week.

    It was surprising to find out how current development negates community well being in its current design. The inability to create community in highly sterile neighborhoods, the inability to walk to obtain your goods, isolation, etc, does produce a cycle of unhealthy dependence and dehumanization.

    Another major topic is the current number of environmental refugees. Given the erosion of soil and natural disasters, it is estimated that the number of environmental refugees is larger than war refugees and this will continue to increase:

    What does it do to your well being when you are uprooted, your privacy taken away, your food rationed, your education truncated, your future hanging in the unknown?

    Want to know more about this, check this out!

    http://www.environmentalrefugee.org/

  8. bobocharlon Says:

    Homework for 2/9/09

    Instead of an article, I am posting a clip from Springwise, which is a “daily fix of entrepreneurial ideas.”

    After reading “Cradle to Cradle” I naturally want to scrutinize this product and the company to determine if it is as “eco-friendly” as the marketing claims. Hmmmm.

    http://springwise.com/style_design/scoutbooks/

  9. bobocharlon Says:

    Homework for 2/9/09

    Except for general statements addressing the health impact of our existing systems, there are very few references in this book about mental health and well-being. It speaks mostly to the larger picture of design and shifting our thinking to pre-planning vs. addressing impact after systems and products have been manufactured.

    I did find this point interesting however:

    Page 58: “… people may feel they are making an ecologically sound choice by buying and wearing clothing made from fibers from recycled plastic bottles. But the fibers from plastic bottles contain toxins such as antimony, catalytic residues, ultraviolet stabilizers, plasticizers and antioxidants which were never designed to lie next to human skin.”

    Just like Industrial Revolutionaries, we are acting from complete ignorance. I include myself in this and cannot believe how much, as a consumer, I simply “buy in” to what is marketed to me as “eco” and “smart.” Wow.

  10. saulramos Says:

    Week 1.

    In Worldchanging, as a response to consumerism and our current patterns of our economic system, the authors bring forward the concept of Choice Fatigue. It is described as “a leading cause of unhappiness… appears to be our overabundance of choice… having too many options fosters stress, anxiety and uncertainty. The more options we are given, the poorer our decison-making abilities become.”

    As a way to combat this they propose: “we need to find ways to maintain a level head when making changes, and to keep a healthy distance between the destabilizing allure of advertising and ourselves.”

    Is Our Worship of Consumerism and Technology Making Us Depressed?
    Article:
    http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/68043/?page=1

    This is a very interesting article addressing causes of unhappiness and depression in the American people linked to consumerism and technology. Beginning with major thinking of religious heavyweights Jesus, Buddha, Spinoza, and others, the author traces their teaches and their conclusions in understanding human consumption as it relates to unhappiness, sin for others. Interesting article!

  11. bobocharlon Says:

    http://theconnect.com/
    Click on March, 2009 edition — Page 7
    Article: “Mercury Madness” by Randy S. Baker, MD

    The article begins:

    “One of the most omnipresent and serious toxins is mercury. We all have mercury in our bodies, even newborns, who are exposed in utero.”

    It continues:

    “The main sources of exposure to mercury are dental amalgam fillings, seafood, and thimerosal, a preservative found in vaccines.”

    The article goes into detail by describing each of these types of mercury exposure. Very interesting and yet put in simple language even the lay person can easily understand.

    Finally,

    “It is possible to dramatically reduce our body burden of mercury, but it must be done carefully. Improper treatments can do more harm than good. A much more detailed version of this article with useful links can be found at http://www.drrandy.org.”

  12. bobocharlon Says:

    Page 35: “Soil is depleted of nutrients and saturated with chemicals. People may not want to live too close to the operation because they fear chemical runoff. Rather than being an aesthetic and cultural delight, modern agriculture becomes a terror and a fright to local residents who want to live and raise families in a healthy setting.”

    General well-being is directly linked to how we feel physically. And how we feel physically is directly linked back to our general sense of well-being. Which comes first, I’m not sure, but they either feed each other in a positive way or deeply negative fashion.

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