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Table 1 Summary of WFS impacts and suggested interventions

From: What can we do when the smoke rolls in? An exploratory qualitative analysis of the impacts of rural wildfire smoke on mental health and wellbeing, and opportunities for adaptation

WFS Impacts/ Challenges Examples of Participant-Suggested Interventions
Anxiety/ Depression Stress reduction: meditation, relaxation, support groups
Isolation Volunteer opportunities
Resource provision
Mutual aid
Respiratory conditions Free/low-cost air filters and masks for low-income households
Community dissolution Gatherings to boost morale and mental wellbeing
Clean air community space(s)
Lack of awareness of WFS exposure or health impacts Informational educational campaigns during WFS events
Providing communications in multiple formats
Adding push notifications to apps when AQI reaches harmful levels