“Any of the interlinked problems within climate change—poverty, inequality, loss of treasured places, species extinction, threats to our well-being or livelihood—can hook us emotionally and intellectually.These issues lead to feelings of curiosity and insight, as well as fatigue and despair. Clinicians can help individuals to thrive in the face of climate change by identifying which specific issues activate their unique vulnerabilities or personal worries and developing a specific plan or activity to give them a sense of control about how they respond.”
I describe my work counseling people troubled by climate change in the new American Psychological Association / EcoAmerica “Mental Health and Our Changing Climate” report on pages 28-32.
Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance chronicles the impacts of climate change on Americans’ health and psychological well-being, including increases in stress and anxiety, loss of community identity, heightened aggression and violence, and many others. It builds from our 2014 Beyond Storms and Droughts research, and is intended to further inform and empower health and medical professionals, community and elected leaders, and the public.
The report discusses the pathways through which these and other impacts on human well-being will arise, why some communities will be hit harder than others, and how psychological impacts interact with physical health. This guide will serve as a trusted resource for professionals as we navigate what it means to live in a world with a changing climate.
Inside the webinar…
- Discover and better understand the links between physical impact, mental health impacts, and community well-being
- Access case studies from prominent mental health professionals offering real-world examples and insights
- Get tips on helping individuals and communities to prepare for and recover from climate-change related mental trauma
- Learn how individuals and health professionals can protect against impacts and foster support for climate solutions