Hope, despair and transformation: Climate change and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing.
AuthorFritze, JG; Blashki, GA; Burke, S; Wiseman, J
Source TitleInternational Journal of Mental Health Systems
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
AffiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
Architecture, Building and Planning
Resource Management and Geography
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsFritze, J. G., Blashki, G. A., Burke, S. & Wiseman, J. (2008). Hope, despair and transformation: Climate change and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing.. Int J Ment Health Syst, 2 (1), pp.13-. https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-4458-2-13.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2556310
BACKGROUND: This article aims to provide an introduction to emerging evidence and debate about the relationship between climate change and mental health. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The authors argue that:i) the direct impacts of climate change such as extreme weather events will have significant mental health implications;ii) climate change is already impacting on the social, economic and environmental determinants of mental health with the most severe consequences being felt by disadvantaged communities and populations; iii) understanding the full extent of the long term social and environmental challenges posed by climate change has the potential to create emotional distress and anxiety; and iv) understanding the psycho-social implications of climate change is also an important starting point for informed action to prevent dangerous climate change at individual, community and societal levels.
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