Mental health needs not being met….suicide….midwives going on strike…..soaring energy bill…delays in solar panel installation….and now the weather…rain.
The menu today with more regular doses throughout the day, from the media outlet with the biggest audience, Reporting Scotland Down, reminds me of earlier pieces here under the heading ‘The Power of Nightmares.’
Today, the RSD editor selects from the many stories out there, the above list of worries for those with mental health concerns, the suicidal, the pregnant and, well, most of us.
Why does it matter?
I’m going to generalise a bit here.
There’s a strong correlation between heavy news consumption and anxiety/depression. Some groups, such as those listed above, are more likely to be worried by reports that seem to threaten their life chances. First thing in the morning, the stress hormone cortisol makes us all a bit more more worried so the impact of bad news is greater and can then stay with us. Anxious, depressed, people seek the reassurance of continuity and fear change even that which might improve things. Evidence from the US shows that these groups vote for conservative politicians. How might they react to a really big change, like Scottish independence from the UK? If Unionists politicians are daily platformed to tell them that everything they currently have is at risk, how will they vote?
We saw the result in 2014. Am I paranoid about RSD? If so, why do I want change?