Event Title

The Saving Power of Water

Date

April 2020

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The mental health crisis has grown significantly in recent decades. Common medications and popular therapy programs normally prescribed are failing to properly treat these conditions. One factor contributing to this dilemma is the constant busyness that characterizes modern society. An alternative is to utilize the power of water in nature for treatment of disorders. In his book Blue Mind, marine biologist Walter J. Nichols describes the idea of “Blue Mind”, a state of calmness, peacefulness, and unity associated with being in, on, or near water. A related notion, biophilia, is the desire within every human being to seek out and connect with nature. This project identified the necessity of a change in therapy methods by collecting statistics on mental illness; how the theories of Blue Mind and biophilia can be utilized to improve mental health; and programs in which these methods had already been implemented. This form of therapy is effective in treating psychological disorders by removing suffering individuals from the stresses of daily life, allowing for self-reflection and connection with the natural world.

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This oral presentation is based on an individual research project.

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The Saving Power of Water

The mental health crisis has grown significantly in recent decades. Common medications and popular therapy programs normally prescribed are failing to properly treat these conditions. One factor contributing to this dilemma is the constant busyness that characterizes modern society. An alternative is to utilize the power of water in nature for treatment of disorders. In his book Blue Mind, marine biologist Walter J. Nichols describes the idea of “Blue Mind”, a state of calmness, peacefulness, and unity associated with being in, on, or near water. A related notion, biophilia, is the desire within every human being to seek out and connect with nature. This project identified the necessity of a change in therapy methods by collecting statistics on mental illness; how the theories of Blue Mind and biophilia can be utilized to improve mental health; and programs in which these methods had already been implemented. This form of therapy is effective in treating psychological disorders by removing suffering individuals from the stresses of daily life, allowing for self-reflection and connection with the natural world.