Mental Health and Air Pollution

by | Nov 10, 2022

On World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2022, the United Nations highlighted Air Pollution as one of four key contributors to the mental well-being of people. Recent studies by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have found that Air Pollution – alongside Noise Pollution, Chemical Pollution and Climate Change – is affecting mental health.

The facts speak for themselves as ninety-nine per cent of the global population breathes air that exceeds World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, with an estimated seven million people dying prematurely due to air pollution. Research also shows that high levels of fine inhalable particles (PM 2.5) can also hinder cognitive development in children. UNICEF’s Danger in the Air report shows that exposure to high levels of air pollution could result in psychological and behavioural problems later in childhood, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression.

The WHO reports that Climate change exacerbates many social, environmental and economic risk factors for problems in mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. Yet, despite this impact, large gaps also exist in many countries between mental health needs and the availability and accessibility of the mental health systems and services to address them. In response to these challenges, WHO has developed a policy brief describing the interconnections between climate change and mental health and providing five key recommendations on potential approaches to address the mental health impacts of the climate crisis. The WHO Mental Health and Climate Change Policy Brief provides a holistic approach to the issue and recommends 5 key approaches to address these impacts. Air

Tackling the global issues of Mental Health and Climate change require widescale and coordinated action but, Aspira is committed to innovation that puts practical action within easy reach of local government, industry and commerce. In the process making it possible for everyone from local authorities to socially-minded business to make a real difference.

By applying a clear Nano Titanium to remove N0x and S0x pollutants from the atmosphere, we improve air quality in polluted landscapes.  Our coating is a photoactive ultrafine titanium dioxide (TiO2) colloidal suspension (sol) that is applied onto surfaces for long-lasting depollution and self-cleaning properties. The coating can be applied directly onto a porous surface – such as building facia – in order to render it photocatalytic. It is a transparent, water-based, stable photocatalyst with high activity and neutral pH. In essence, it is a photocatalyst converter that converts harmful pollutants such as NOx and SOx in the atmosphere into less harmful materials. Therefore, when sprayed onto buildings the coating helps to create a cleaner, greener atmosphere.

In simple terms, all that is required is a building and the Aspiracopter drone. We can quickly treat 5,000m2 in order to offset the annual NOx emissions of 450 Euro 6 diesel cars – making it possible for business and public leaders to deliver change. Perhaps most importantly, this practical action available and affordable.

Our Datasheet on Improving Air Quality by Drone outlines everything from the Safety Case to the Coatings Properties – use this link to download a copy.

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