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BP Gulf's Oil Spill puts Mental Health At Risk!

BP Gulf’s oil spill oil disaster puts mental health at risk!  It’s the 59th day since the The Deepwater Horizon oil rig, operated by British Petroleum, exploded and sank more than 50 miles from Venice, LA, causing the damaging oil spill.

This weekend, while BP CEO Tony Hayward attended a yacht race, thousands of gallons of oil continued to pour into the Gulf of Mexico!  Fear not, cause the proverbial “buck” has been passed to the new man in charge, Bob Dudley.

With all the oil comes death! It’s estimated that “generations” of wildlife will be wiped out… not 1,000, or 10,000 but whole generations!! The loss of human life from the explosion and the loss of thousands of small businesses are leaning to a melting pot of trouble.

An article I read By Elizabeth Weise from USA TODAY titled, “Gulf oil spill puts mental health at risk, too” inspired me to pick up my pencil to express my own feeling about the spill.
Living here in Florida, where I may see the oil first hand, has my emotions running.  It hit home when I read the article questioning the psychological effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Are we looking at psychological effects caused by hurricane Katrina or even a  911?  Weise refers to the Institute of Medicine workshop in New Orleans.

“There’s a lot of social disruption. That’s what technological disasters tend to do,” says Lawrence Palinkas, a professor of social work at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  He will be speaking on the spill’s potential long-term effects…. people are telling doctors it’s as if there were this lid on top of their feelings and “all of a sudden it’s come off,” says Howard Osofsky, chair of the psychiatry department at Louisiana State University. “We’re seeing indications that people are drinking more. We are also beginning to see some indication of increased domestic conflict.”  He plans to present early findings about the psychological health of people in the region today.

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BP Gulf's Oil Spill puts Mental Health At Risk!

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2010). BP Gulf's Oil Spill puts Mental Health At Risk!. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 27, 2020, from


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