Mental health in the field

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Title: Mental health in the field
Authors: John, CM
Khan, SB
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Field work is an important and valued part of geoscience research, but can also serve as a source of stress. Careful planning can help support the mental health and wellness of participants at all career stages. The satirical poet Juvenal (ad 55–140) wrote: “Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano”, “A man should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body”1. Field work and field courses are central to geosciences, and typically require the corpore sano (healthy body)2,3. Health, safety and environmental practices have improved to better protect the geologist’s body from harm4. But what about the mens sana, the need for a healthy mind to be able to cope with the mental strain of field work? Mental health in academia is taking central stage because of the realization that poor mental health adversely impacts our student population5. But the potential positive and negative impacts of field work on mental health remain less well explored.
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2018
Date of Acceptance: 1-Aug-2018
ISSN: 1752-0894
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Start Page: 618
End Page: 620
Journal / Book Title: Nature Geoscience
Volume: 11
Issue: 9
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Springer Nature Limited. All rights reserved. The final publication is available at Springer via
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
MD Multidisciplinary
Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-08-31
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Earth Science and Engineering

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