Impact of Climate Change on Mental Health


The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald recently cov­ered a new report pre­pared for the Cli­mate Insti­tute in Aus­tralia, A Cli­mate of Suf­fer­ing: The Real Cost of Liv­ing with Inac­tion on Cli­mate Change, which called the past 15 years a “pre­view of life under unre­strained global warming.”

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The paper goes on to say that loss of social cohe­sion in the wake of severe weather events related to cli­mate change could be linked to increased rates of anx­i­ety, depres­sion, post-traumatic stress and sub­stance abuse and “sug­gests a pos­si­ble link between Australia’s recent decade-long drought and cli­mate change. It points to a break­down of social cohe­sion caused by loss of work and asso­ci­ated sta­bil­ity, adding that the sui­cide rate in rural com­mu­ni­ties rose by 8 per cent.”

Read the arti­cle in The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald.

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