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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

Following on from the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on the topic of Healthy Cities, this research paper published in the International Journal of Mental Health Systems explores the relationship between climate change and mental health. This abstract was recently listed on Australian Policy Online. To access the full text click here.

Hope, despair and transformation: Climate change and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing
Jessica G Fritze, Grant A Blashki, Susie Burke and John Wiseman / International Journal of Mental Health Systems
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.

To access the full text click here.

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