New research on climate change impacts on mental health

nature climate change special issue mental healthThe April Issue of Nature Climate Change focuses on the relationship between climate change and mental health. The introductory editorial  summarizes the three articles on the topic and makes the case that 1. Mental health issues are often neglected in the general research about the health impacts of climate change, and 2. more research is needed.  (Please note that all articles have restricted access and are available only for a fee. )  The first article in the issue, “Ecological grief as a mental health response to climate change-related loss” discusses the personal grief experienced by people as their natural world changes,  illustrated by the experiences of Indigenous people in  Northern Canada and the Australian wheatbelt.  The second article, “The case for systems thinking about climate change and mental health” examines the current state of research about climate change and mental health from a policy perspective, arguing for a more epidemiological research.  The third article, “Mental health risk and resilience among climate scientists” discusses whether climate scientists themselves face unique mental health risks because they are immersed in depressing information.  Dr. Susan Clayton, author of the third article, is also co-author of the influential 2014 report Beyond Storms & Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change, published by the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica.   In March 2017, the APA, ecoAmerica and Climate for Health  updated Beyond Storms & Droughts with   Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance .

 

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