New ‘Study’ Says: ‘Climate Change Causes Mental Illness’
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”.
…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.
”We’re now more sophisticated in understanding the mental health effects and these effects are one of the major factors.
”What we have seriously underestimated is the effects on social cohesion. That is very hard to rebuild and they are critical to the mental health of an individual.”
Professor Hickie, who is launching the report today, said climate change and particularly severe weather events were likely to be a major factor influencing mental health in the future.
”When we talk about the next 50 years and what are going to be the big drivers at the community level of mental health costs, one we need to factor in are severe weather events, catastrophic weather events,” he said.
Well…this would explain the rise of Leftism…
I kid…I kid because I love…to make fun of easy targets like the clowns who wasted money on this study.
Actually, what is going on here is very serious. You’ve heard of The Big Lie ― wherein a falsehood is repeated over and over and over until it eventually becomes accepted as truth? The Left has been successfully practicing it for years [see, McCarthy Era, The]. Well, what’s going on here is what I like to call The Big Deflection. When a fact, a truth, can no longer be denied, the Left rummages around in the dreary corners of their minds for an explanation [a Big Lie] that will further their ends and seek to divert your attention from the reality of the situation [in this case, that Leftist policies and thinking have brought about nothing but misery and despair]. Such is clearly the case with this ‘scientific study’. Now, the Progressives are smart enough sometimes to realize the lie they’re putting forth may be seen through, so they start off with using the word ‘possible’. If there is not sufficient a hue and cry against it, the ‘possible’ will soon evolve into the ‘proven’ ― kind of like what happened with Global Warming, if you recall. Other ‘scientific studies’ will start appearing all over the world that ease this transition along and, before you know it, the ‘science’ will be ‘settled’.
By the way: Notice how the good Dr. Hickie, with his last sentence, quietly justifies the need for more government involvement in our lives, and of course, more government spending.
Actually it’s the mental illness known as Leftism that will lead some fools to believe this crap.