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Int J Ment Health Syst. 2018 Jun 1;12:28. doi: 10.1186/s13033-018-0210-6. eCollection 2018.

Climate change and mental health: risks, impacts and priority actions.

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1Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON Canada.
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2Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Carlton, VIC Australia.
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3Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, Carlton, VIC Australia.
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4Australian Psychological Society, Level 11, 257 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC Australia.
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5Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, VIC Australia.

Abstract

Background:

This article provides an overview of the current and projected climate change risks and impacts to mental health and provides recommendations for priority actions to address the mental health consequences of climate change.

Discussion and conclusion:

The authors argue the following three points: firstly, while attribution of mental health outcomes to specific climate change risks remains challenging, there are a number of opportunities available to advance the field of mental health and climate change with more empirical research in this domain; secondly, the risks and impacts of climate change on mental health are already rapidly accelerating, resulting in a number of direct, indirect, and overarching effects that disproportionally affect those who are most marginalized; and, thirdly, interventions to address climate change and mental health need to be coordinated and rooted in active hope in order to tackle the problem in a holistic manner. This discussion paper concludes with recommendations for priority actions to address the mental health consequences of climate change.

KEYWORDS:

Adaptation; Attribution; Climate change; Mental health; Mitigation

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