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Mental health

What Is Mental Health?Main page contentMental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including: Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistryLife experiences, such as trauma or abuseFamily history of mental health problemsMental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely. Sustained anxiety causes physical symptoms. While many people may consider physical health to be the foundation of a productive life, if you examine the chemical effects of the mind on the body, it is clear that mental health is the driver of your physical health. The main difference between physical and mental health is that our emotions, our ability to work and our relationships are the main things to be influenced by our mental health. When our mental health is positive we can cope with ups and downs. Our mood is stable and we feel optimistic. Finally, mental health is also instrumental in allowing students to accept negative feedback with a positive mindset. Poor mental health may lead to the student being skeptical toward understanding a different perspective or in interpreting criticism.

Zaira Campo
7 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to President Joe Biden, Admiral Brett Giroir, Moderna , Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Alex Gorsky, Albert Bourla, Stéphane Bancel, Vice President Harris, Emmanual Macron, Boris Johnson, Anthony Fauci

Suspend Patent Rights on COVID-19 Vaccines so we can end this Pandemic

We all know the toll COVID-19 has taken. The millions of lost lives, the lost livelihoods, the illness, the isolation, the educational loss for kids, and direct impacts on our way of life. We all know what an amazing feat it was that as of February, several vaccines were on the market that could beat this virus. However, getting people vaccinated has been a disaster. Globally, we've given out approximately 135 million doses of the vaccine (reaching 1.73% of the world population). One of the major reasons for this is we simply aren't producing enough of the vaccines. More worrying are new strains of the virus. As the virus continues to spread, it'll have more opportunities to mutate which will increase the chances that our newly developed vaccines will be less effective. Just recently, evidence emerged that AsraZeneca's vaccine does not work well against the South Africa variant of the virus.  It doesn't have to be this way. Other drug-makers could take part in the production of the vaccines IF they had the blueprints and especially if the vaccines were classified as generics. However, Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca and the U.S., and many other wealthy countries are preventing this. The drug companies are maintaining intellectual property rights on their vaccines even though they were fully funded and then some by taxpayer money for research and development and initial orders (Moderna received 2.5 billion in government funding). In late October of 2020, South Africa and India petitioned the World Trade Organization (WTO) to suspend some Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights on the vaccines so that they could be produced more freely. This was supported by 100 other WTO members, but unfortunately, the United States and 17 other wealthy countries blocked this effort. This petition calls on the CEOs of Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca to make their vaccines generic and to take any and all steps to assist in the widespread development of their vaccines. It also calls on the U.S. Government to support India and South Africa's proposal to the WTO (IP/C/W/669) to waive parts of Trade-Related Intellectual Property rights (TRIPs) so that the world could more effectively produce the COVID-19 Vaccines. Especially, when these drugs were already developed at the expense of tax-payers, and when considering what is at state for all of us, we need to get our global community vaccinated quickly and put profits aside. If this virus has taught us anything, it's that we're all in this together. And governments and pharmaceutical giants need to heed this lesson. 

Nathaniel Baum
15,261 supporters
Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to Berkeley City Council, Berkeley Zoning Adjustment Board, Berkeley Asphalt, Lehigh Hanson, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Air Resources Board, Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Councilmember Rashi Kesarwani, Berkeley City Manager

Demand air pollution controls at Berkeley Asphalt

Berkeley Asphalt has been operating without required air pollution controls since 1999.  That year they settled a lawsuit with their neighbors and agreed to specific measures to control odors, dust, and noise.  Over twenty years later they have yet to complete these mitigations.  Their pollution has increased.  Starting in late October 2020, their pollution started subjecting large areas of the City of Berkeley to stinky and unhealthy sulfurous emissions.  Neighbors complain of headache, nausea, stinging eyes, sore throat, and aggravation of asthma and other chronic illness.  In addition to the odors, other concerning asphalt plant emissions reported by the EPA include carcinogens, teratogens, respiratory irritants, and environmental pollutants such as: sulfur and nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phenol, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), metals, and particulates.  These pollutants contribute to global warming, acid rain, birth defects, acute and chronic illness and disease. Berkeley Asphalt is owned by Lehigh Hanson, a huge multinational corporation based in Texas.  Lehigh Hanson touts environmental stewardship, safety, and being a good neighbor.  We demand these practices at their Berkeley facility. We demand that Lehigh Hanson cease polluting operations at Berkeley Asphalt, install required and state of the art pollution controls, monitors, and sensors, and not resume operations until these systems are tested and shown to be protective of community and environmental health. We demand that the City of Berkeley suspend the asphalt plant's Use Permit until the above conditions are met.  And going forward, annually inspect and enforce permit conditions pollution controls. We demand that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District adequately enforce its regulations to protect air quality.

Clean AIR Berkeley
918 supporters