Mental Health

Mental Health



Climate Change and Mental Health

Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. And a growing body of research suggests that climate change can worsen mental health and well-being.

Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance

“Things like depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, domestic abuse, all these things tend to go up in the aftermath of a natural disasters,” says psychologist Susan Clayton of the College of Wooster,…


The Coming Age of Climate Trauma

By Andrea Stanley   10/27/21  
Jess Mercer received a call from her stepmom, Annette, that morning, a little after 8 a.m. “We’re coming,” Annette said, her voice so unrecognizable it sounded foreign. Jess was at her apartment in Chico, Calif.,…

Climate Change Threatens To Worsen Health Disparities In Hawaii

By Anita Hofschneider   10/22/21  
Diseases like diabetes and obesity aren’t the first thing that most people think of when considering the health impacts of climate change. But they’re among a myriad of illnesses expected to worsen as global temperatures…

Climate change is bad for your health. And plans to boost economies may make it worse

By Nathan Rott   10/20/21  
It may seem obvious: Heat kills. Wildfires burn. Flooding drowns. But the sprawling health effects of a rapidly warming world can also be subtle. Heat sparks violence and disrupts sleep. Wildfire smoke can trigger respiratory…

What no one is talking about in the wake of hurricanes and oil spills

By Brandon Tensley   10/07/21  
Often, the damage that extreme weather or an environmental disaster inflicts on communities works as a one-two punch. The first punch: the actual event -- an oil spill, a hurricane, a winter storm, the lethal…

How to Soothe Climate Anxiety With Hope and Action

By Sarah Simon   07/19/21  
Over the past couple of weeks, it seems like climate disasters are happening everywhere we look. In the U.S. alone, a heat dome blazed in the Northwest, fires cropped up in California, New York City flooded,…

How to cope with the existential dread of climate change

By Connie Chang   07/15/21  
California was a refuge I always intended to return to. I grew up in the Bay Area in the 1980s and ’90s, then decamped to the East Coast for decades. In the temperate California of…

Climate change also has a mental health toll

By Cristina Corujo   07/11/21  
For Meg Keene, climate change is something that not only needs to be addressed but is also very difficult to cope with personally. "As someone with anxiety, I kind of try not to think too…

Climate crisis inflicting huge ‘hidden costs’ on mental health

By Damian Carrington   05/26/21  
The climate crisis is damaging the mental health of hundreds of millions of people around the world but the huge costs are hidden, scientists have warned. Heatwaves are increasing rates of suicide, extreme weather such…

Climate Anxiety Makes Good Sense

By Bill McKibben   05/05/21  
Even as we begin to emerge from the stress of the pandemic year, mental-health professionals are noting a steady uptick in a different form of anxiety—the worry over climate change and the future that it…

Opinion: Mental health and climate change are intertwined. Here’s how.

By Wael Al-Delaimy   04/23/21  
Climate change, refugees and mental health: Why should we care? Climate change is scientifically documented beyond reasonable doubt, is getting worse, and is a threat to our existence as humans as well as our planet…

The long-lasting mental health effects of wildfires

By Jane C. Hu   12/03/20  
In the wake of a fire, governments and newspapers count the damage: lives lost, acres of forest burned, homes and businesses destroyed. Those are the hard numbers, the data we have to measure the destruction.…

Mounting Drumbeat Of Climate Disasters Threatens Mental Health

The psychological toll of a drumbeat of climate change-fueled disasters, now compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, is mounting and the U.S. is unprepared. These are the findings of a project by the Center for Public…

You’re Probably Suffering From ‘Eco-Anxiety’

By Hayley Smith   02/27/20  
Are our brains even wired to grapple with an existential crisis like climate change? ...

Kristi E. White: Psychologists important role in the face of climate change

By Kristi E. White   02/21/20  
People are experiencing a loss of hope in the face of the climate crisis — but mental health professionals can help find healthy ways to move...

Should ‘Eco-Anxiety’ Be Classified as a Mental Illness?

By Jordan Davidson   09/17/19  
As the climate crisis takes on more urgency, psychologists around the world are seeing an increase in the number of children sitting in their offices suffering from ‘eco-anxiety,’ which the American Psychological Association described as…

I’m a Psychotherapist – Here’s What I’ve Learned From Listening to Children Talk About Climate Change

By Caroline Hickman   09/15/19  
Eco-anxiety is likely to affect more and more people as the climate destabilises. Already, studies have found that 45% of children suffer lasting depression after surviving extreme weather and natural disasters. Some of that emotional…

How climate change affects your mental health

By Britt Wray   05/01/19  
"For all that's ever been said about climate change, we haven't heard nearly enough about the psychological impacts of living in a warming world," says science writer Britt Wray. In this quick talk, she explores…


By Maria Ojala   02/20/19  
We are in unprecedented territory when it comes to climate change. How young people choose to tackle this problem will be a major factor that sets the world on its future path.

Climate Change’s Looming Mental Health Crisis

By Matt Simon   08/02/18  
For the Inuit of Labrador in Canada, climate disaster has already arrived. These indigenous people form an intense bond with their land, hunting for food and fur. “People like to go out on the land…