Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance

Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance

The effects of climate change include direct and indirect impacts on community as well as our mental and physical health, a report from the , , and finds. The report, (36 pages, PDF), argues that climate change-induced extreme weather, natural disasters, rising sea levels, food insecurity, and migration can lead to acute mental health impacts, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, as well as chronic mental health issues such as increased aggression and violence, a sense of helplessness or fatalism, and intense feelings of loss. Funded by the , the report notes that climate change also can affect personal relationships and interactions in communities through a loss of social identity and cohesion, and that efforts to build resilience must include strengthening the support systems that bolster psychological well-being.

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