HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Taking care of humankind at +2°C

HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Taking care of humankind at +2°C

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Meeting mental health and psychosocial support needs

Major impact of climate change on individuals’mental health and psychological functioning would include: trauma, shock, stress, anxiety, depression, complicated grief, severe reactions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder, strains on social relationships, substance abuse, mental health emergencies, sense of loss, hopelessness, fatalism, and resignation, loss of autonomy and sense of control, loss of personal and occupational identity and – less obviously suicide.

Women, children, and older adults may be especially susceptible to some mental health impacts.

According to the American Mental Health Association, some of climate change’s impacts on mental health will come about from the direct and immediate physical impacts of climate change, like storms, floods and extreme heat. Others will come about as a result of climate change’s more gradual impacts on the environment, like changing temperatures and rising sea levels

• 25-50% of people exposed to an extreme weather disaster are at risk of adverse mental health effects.

• Up to 54% of adults and 45% of children suffer depression after a natural disaster.

SPEAKERS

Nana WIEDEMANN

Director, IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support

Joseph O. PREWITT DIAZ

Practitioner scholar, Disaster Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Susan CLAYTON

Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology, College of Wooster (IPCC)

Dr. Fathy FLEFEL

Director, Palestine Red Crescent Society Psycho Social Department

Dick Clomén

Project Manager, Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Project on Addressing Mental Health Consequences of Armed Conflicts, Natural Disasters and other Emergencies

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of children suffer depression after a natural disaster

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of people exposed to an extreme weather disaster are at risk of adverse mental health effects

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of adults suffer depression after a natural disaster

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