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Climate change and mental health: risks, impacts and priority actions

Katie Hayes, G. Blashki, J. Wiseman, and S. Burke and L. Reifels
Created: 6/28/2019 - Updated: 6/28/2019

Abstract

Background

This article provides an overview of the current and projected climate change risks and impacts to mental health and provides recommendations for priority actions to address the mental health consequences of climate change.

Discussion and conclusion

The authors argue the following three points: firstly, while attribution of mental health outcomes to specific climate change risks remains challenging, there are a number of opportunities available to advance the field of mental health and climate change with more empirical research in this domain; secondly, the risks and impacts of climate change on mental health are already rapidly accelerating, resulting in a number of direct, indirect, and overarching effects that disproportionally affect those who are most marginalized; and, thirdly, interventions to address climate change and mental health need to be coordinated and rooted in active hope in order to tackle the problem in a holistic manner. This discussion paper concludes with recommendations for priority actions to address the mental health consequences of climate change.

 

Published On

Friday, June 1, 2018

Keywords

Sector Addressed: 
Public Health
Research
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Create/enhance resources and tools

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