Mental Health Indicators and Oil Spill Response

SSS staff W. Braxton Jackson II, John McGrath, and Matthew Curry are among the authors of an article in Lancet Public Health that describes an examination of data from the Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study, a cohort of workers and volunteers involved in oil spill clean-up after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Based on the results of a health questionnaire and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) screening tool, oil spill clean-up workers with high amounts of total hydrocarbon exposure or potentially stressful job experiences were determined to have an increased prevalence of depression and PTSD. These findings suggest the need for mental health services both before and after such response events. Other authors of the article include researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Montclair State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RTI International, and Boston University

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