Mental Health, Mental Illness, on Block Island

advocating for services and support for those who are ill and education for mental health to all on Block Island

The Impact of Climate Change on Mental Health

There has been much research on climate, many articles. Often the articles record the effects on physical health and well being and the economic shocks that occur after floods and fires or other disasters. There are also many articles on mental health and wellbeing. What is far too absent, are articles that show how mental illness is exacerbated by these climate ‘shocks’, as it is by the unequal discriminations that are systemic across the world. On the other hand, the practices that enable wellbeing, are seldom linked to their positive effect when climate events strike. The image below is from a very readable paper that considers both.

For those of us involved in Mental Health it is compelling reading, and can be found here: The impact of Climate Change on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing.