Paper on Hope, despair and transformation: Climate change and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing
Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on November 25th, 2008
Jessica G Fritze, Grant A Blashki, Susie Burke and John Wiseman
The authors argue that:
i) the direct impacts of climate change such as extreme weather events will have significant mental health implications;
ii) climate change is already impacting on the social, economic and environmental determinants of mental health with the most severe consequences being felt by disadvantaged communities and populations;
iii) understanding the full extent of the long term social and environmental challenges posed by climate change has the potential to create emotional distress and anxiety; and
iv) understanding the psycho-social implications of climate change is also an important starting point for informed action to prevent dangerous climate change at individual, community and societal levels.
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