Journal article

Full citation: 
  • John, C.M., Khan, S.B., 2018. Mental health in the field,  Nature Geosciences, Volume 11, pp 618-620 (available online,  

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”. 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 population. But the potential positive and negative impacts of field work on mental health remain less well explored.

Publication date: 
Friday, August 31, 2018