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Climate Change and Mental Health

Use the information below to help integrate climate considerations into your existing public health practice.

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Program Area: Mental Health

Climate change affects both our physical and mental health.

Key messages

  • Exposure to climate-related disasters, and the media coverage describing events and projected increase in events, will increase the risk of stress and serious mental health disorders like trauma, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide.
  • Economic disruptions, such as increased job loss in climate-affected industries (agriculture, etc.), will create new stressors especially for households already living in poverty.

What can public health practitioners do?

  • Collaborate with mental health crises services in your area and complete trainings in mental health, trauma-informed care and suicidal crises.
  • Fully integrate and assess mental health impacts in public health planning and assessment.