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Mental Health and Environment Working Group

 

The Mental Health and Environment Working Group currently provides a listserv where CHE partners can share the latest science on environmental contributors to mental health problems. When the group was first established in March, 2009 as a subcommittee of LDDI, it had a broader agenda because of high level of engagement and energy of those interested. The goals set at that time included:

  1. educating and engaging the mental health community in regards to environmental exposures that may impact mental health and result in psychiatric symptoms;
  2. developing materials for health professionals and patients regarding how to reduce environmental exposures that may contribute to neurological or behavioral problems; and
  3. encouraging the mental health community to support chemical policy reform and other efforts to improve environmental health.

Depending on Partners’ evolving interests, we may expand the scope of this group again. For now, however, we would welcome your participation in this listserv. If you are already a CHE Partner, please contact info@healthandenvironment.org. If you are not currently a CHE Partner, please first complete the Partner form, indicating which of CHE's working groups you would like to participate in, including the Mental Health and Environment Working Group.

Past Calls

December 3, 2010 --
POSTPONED: CHE Mental Health Working Group: Teleconference Meeting
Background Information / Resources
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January 22, 2010 --

CHE Mental health and the Environment Working Group Call
Background Information / Resources

 

January 22, 2010 --
Mental Health and Environment Working Group Call
Background Information / Resources

December 11, 2009 --
Mental Health and Environment Working Group Call

October 9, 2009 --
Mental Health and Environment Working Group Call
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August 27, 2009 --
CHE Mental Health and the Environment Working Group Call
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Resources

5/8/13: Practical Guidelines for Evaluating Lead Exposure in Children with Mental Health Conditions: Molecular Effects and Clinical Implications

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2/2/10: Mental Health Effects Arising from Pesticide Exposure: A Guide for Healthcare Providers and Mental Health Practitioners

Prepared by the Mental Health and Environment Working Group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment

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1/19/10: Health Care Resource: Links between Pesticide Exposures and Mental Health

Prepared by the Mental Health and Environment Working Group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment

This document examines the link between exposures to pesticides and behavioral and psychiatric consequences.

Read the document

10/12/2009: Socio-economic status, environment and mental health

Socioeconomic Risk for Psychopathology: The Search for Causal Mechanisms
Lynsay Ayer and James J. Hudziak

Childhood poverty, chronic stress, and adult working memory
Gary W. Evans and Michelle A Schamberg

Social Ecology of Children's Vulnerability to Environmental Pollutants
Bernard Weiss and David C. Bellinger

A Framework for Examining Social Stress and Susceptibility to Air Pollution in Respiratory Health
Jane E. Clougherty and Laura D. Kubzansky

10/12/2009: Transgenerational Effects of Social Environment

Transgenerational Effects of Social Environment on Variations in Maternal Care and Behavioral Response to Novelty
Frances A Champagne and Michael J. Meaney

Pesticide Exposure and Mental Illness
NADD has posted a bibliography of several articles concerning pesticide exposure and psychiatric symptoms/mental illness on their website.

View the bibliography
Toxicological Theories of Mental Illness: A Clash of Paradigms and Call for Reunification by James S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH

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Mental Health Fact Sheet

In November 2008, LDDI  updated and expanded its fact sheet on environmental exposures and mental health. With an emphasis on prevention, this fact sheet provides information on psychiatric symptoms and diagnoses related to each of the environmental agents discussed, as well as sources of exposure and actions that can be taken to reduce exposures.

Download the Mental Health Fact Sheet

Download the Mental Health Fact Sheet Summary Page

 

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