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The following articles, blogs and papers discuss the mental health challenges for geoscientists and related disciplines.

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Articles and Peer-Reviewed Papers

Coventry, P.A., Brown, J.E., Pervin, J., Brabyn, S., Pateman, R., Breedvelt, J., Gilbody, S., Stancliffe, R., McEachan, R. and White, P.L., 2021. Nature-based outdoor activities for mental and physical health: Systematic review and meta-analysis. SSM-population health16, p.100934.

John, C.M. and Khan, S.B., 2018. Mental health in the field. Nature Geoscience11(9), pp.618-620.

Mutz, M. and Müller, J., 2016. Mental health benefits of outdoor adventures: Results from two pilot studies. Journal of adolescence49, pp.105-114.

Palinkas, L.A. and Suedfeld, P., 2008. Psychological effects of polar expeditionsThe Lancet371(9607), pp.153-163.

Reed, H.L., Reedy, K.R., Palinkas, L.A., Van Do, N., Finney, N.S., Case, H.S., LeMar, H.J., Wright, J. and Thomas, J., 2001. Impairment in cognitive and exercise performance during prolonged antarctic residence: effect of thyroxine supplementation in the polar triiodothyronine syndrome. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism86(1), pp.110-116.

Triguero-Mas, M., Donaire-Gonzalez, D., Seto, E., Valentín, A., Martínez, D., Smith, G., Hurst, G., Carrasco-Turigas, G., Masterson, D., van den Berg, M. and Ambròs, A., 2017. Natural outdoor environments and mental health: Stress as a possible mechanism. Environmental research159, pp.629-638.

Triguero-Mas, M., Dadvand, P., Cirach, M., Martínez, D., Medina, A., Mompart, A., Basagaña, X., Gražulevičienė, R. and Nieuwenhuijsen, M.J., 2015. Natural outdoor environments and mental and physical health: relationships and mechanisms. Environment international77, pp.35-41.

Web Sites, Podcasts and Blogs

Supporting mental health in the field, from the Geological Society:

Mental health in the geoscienbces

Sexuality and gender in geosciences (Standford University):

Mental health on college campuses and scientific institutions (web article): 

NHS Site on mental health and meditation:

Podcast ‘Feel Better, live More’ by Dr Chatterjee:

Podcast ‘How to Fail with Elizabeth Day’

Useful Mental Health Contacts and Organisations



Mermaids helpline supporting transgender and gender diverse young people: 0808 801 0400


Muslim Youth Helpline: 0808 808 2008 (7 days a week 4-10pm)

Samaritans: call free on 116 123,

Shout: text 85258 (available 24/7),

Student Minds: