Toolkit: Mental Health & Wellness

Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health symptoms increase the closer one is to shale gas development. Individuals living near SGD experience environmental stressors including:

  • Noise, light, and vibration that accompanies drilling, often lasting days or weeks at a time 

  • Air or water quality changes 

  • Uncertainty regarding toxic exposures 

  • Increased emissions, noise, dust, and travel delays caused by truck traffic  

  • Uncertainty over their health and that of their families 

Stress in these environments tends to fall into one or more categories: physical stressors, psychological stressors, or psychosocial stressors. Review the below resources for more information around the impact of SGD on mental health.