Suicide numbers could be linked to humidity, new study says — Analysis
A scientific study that examined data over 60 years from 60 countries found heat and humidity can be related to an increase in suicide.
An article published in ‘Scientific Reports’ on Monday claimed to have “empirical evidence”That is what it suggests “the effects of anthropogenic climate change” – namely heat and humidity – could “have a significant impact on mental health.”
Particularly, the correlation between humidity and suicide was higher than that of heatwaves. According to the report, the strongest effect was seen in younger women and men. “there is likely a relationship between both heatwave occurrences and relative humidity with suicide.”
Co-author Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson told The Guardian that the link could be a result of the body’s difficulty with regulating temperature in humid environments and that sleep could also be a factor.
“If you talk about mental health there are quite a lot of links – there’s anxiety, it’s hard to sleep, it becomes unbearable,” Ayeb-Karlsson explained, adding, “Sleep deprivation is a massive thing… It’s difficult to sleep when it’s hot and even more when it’s humid.”
Even though Thailand was found to be the most dangerous, Ayeb Karlsson cautioned that even countries as hot as Thailand could also become suicide-prone. He explained that there is a connection between humidity and suicide in colder European countries, such as Sweden. “the shock of going from colder temperatures to extreme temperatures”Can be “dangerous to mental health.”Study results showed that 40 countries have a strong association between suicide and high humidity.
However, the results were mixed with hot and humid nations showing an increased suicide rate, or not at all. The report also noted that more research was needed.
In addition, the study did not take into account factors like socioeconomic status or access to health care.
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