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Climate change and mental health – an overview as part of UCL’s COP 26 campaign
presentationposted on 2022-10-21, 16:24 authored by Gesche HuebnerGesche Huebner
In this working paper, I provide a summary of how climate change impacts on mental health and point to gaps in knowledge.
- Substantial evidence shows that high temperatures and severe weather events are linked to mental health issues.
- Eco-anxiety (worry about the environment) can cause psychological distress.
- The mental health implications of climate change have been historically neglected both in research and policy.
- Removing stigma around mental health is important to create resilient responses to mental health impacts of climate change and collect necessary data.
- The cost implications of climate change impacts on mental health need to be considered.
- Actions to mitigate climate change can positively influence mental health.
- Worldwide tracking of the mental health impacts of climate change is necessary.
- Key stakeholders such as policy makers, health care professionals, researchers and communities need to be brought together to share expertise, identify promising interventions and coordinate action.https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/news/2021/jul/climate-change-and-mental-health