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Heat Waves Can Be Deadly for Those With Mental Health Issues

By Aryn Baker

A record-shattering heat wave is blasting its way through much of Asia this week, following hard on another that scorched Western Europe and Northwest Africa in late April. Both augur a long, hot summer for much of the northern hemisphere, bringing misery to many as the world heats up from climate change. Researchers warn that rising temperatures will make heat waves more frequent, longer, and deadlier, particularly for society’s most vulnerable—the ill, the elderly, the unhoused and, recent research shows, most acutely for those suffering from mental health disorders.


Markey introduces bipartisan bill to improve climate-related mental health services

By Zack Budryk

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announced bipartisan legislation Thursday aimed at improving mental health services for the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.


‘Passionate’ teen took his own life after feeling ‘helpless’ over climate crisis

By Lucy Williamson and Dominic Picksley

A teenager’s worries over climate change and environmental issues ultimately caused him to take his own life, according to his heartbroken sister.


Understanding the impact of climate change on mental health

Our recent research funded by EPA found that warming temperatures from climate change could result in an annual increase of up to 1,660 additional suicide cases later this century in the U.S.


How to turn climate anxiety into action

By Renee Lertzman

It's normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed by climate change, says psychologist Renée Lertzman. Can we turn those feelings into something productive? In an affirming talk, Lertzman discusses the emotional effects of climate change and offers insights on how psychology can help us discover both the creativity and resilience needed to act on environmental issues.


Feeling anxious about climate change? Here are 5 tips to manage those feelings

By Julia Simon and Clare Marie Schneider

Tens of thousands of Americans are already experiencing the climate crisis. They've lost their homes, their pets and their loved ones.


The hidden toll of climate disasters

By Arielle Samuelson

If you look around the news and social media, you’ll find that many discussions on climate change and mental health have focused on eco-anxiety, and the problem with doom-and-gloom rhetoric.


Water insecurity is stressing mental health

By Eileen Drage O'ReillyAlison Snyder

Hundreds of millions of people around the world lack reliable access to safe water — an escalating crisis with a potentially profound impact on their mental health.
Why it matters: Similar to food insecurity, water insecurity has been linked to depression, anxiety, and increased rates of violence — and is considered one of the greatest threats facing humans, several scientists tell Axios.


Climate change’s impact on mental health is overlooked and misunderstood – here’s what can be done

By Sanae Okamoto and Nidhi Nagabhatla

Heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, floods and hurricanes increasingly feature in people’s lives and are predicted to become more frequent and intense in the coming decades. These events are having a significant yet often overlooked psychological impact not only on those directly affected by such catastrophes, but also on those who expect to be affected by them in the future.


A new campus offering: Climate anxiety therapy

By Ta ' Leah Van Sistine

In early 2020, weeks before anxiety about another crisis roiled the globe, a small group of students gathered in a room at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for a counseling session on worry and grief related to global warming. For an hour, during the first such session at the institution, the students talked through fears and frustrations of a world impacted by climate change.