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Int J Ment Health Syst. 2008 Sep 17;2(1):13. doi: 10.1186/1752-4458-2-13.

Hope, despair and transformation: Climate change and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing.

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1
Research Fellow, McCaughey Centre: VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2
Director, McCaughey Centre: VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
3
Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia.
4
Visiting Fellow at National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, 0200, Australia.
5
Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Contributed equally

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This article aims to provide an introduction to emerging evidence and debate about the relationship between climate change and mental health.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION:

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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