This article aims to provide an introduction to emerging evidence and debate about the relationship between climate change and mental health.
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.
Authored by Jessica G Fritze, Grant A Blashki, Susie Burke and John Wiseman