When I was starting the Orchid Global site and visiting various international mental health Facebook pages, one of the things I noticed was a post on a Tanzanian site regarding a very recent study on Altitude and mental illness that people there found very interesting. Of course, I find such studies very interesting not only because I'm a mental health attorney/advocate, but also because my most serious mental health concerns began at high altitude. I was never abused as a child, I do have a very eccentric make-up, and I do have sleep apnea. AND my experience with the creme de la creme of the mental health system is that the burden was really on me to figure all this stuff out about Altitude and Sleep Apnea. Folks -- this isn't exactly a News Flash on Altitude and its association with Suicide, yet we continue to have these record high suicide rates. I would add I think we should be considering Altitude and Sleep Apnea long before it gets to suicide or other disastrous mental health consequence. We have got to systemize our integrated physical health/mental health program so much better than what it currently is or we can look forward to another record year of suicides in the great State of Colorado.
Altitude, Mental Health, & the "Highlanders" of Tanzania & Colorado