Climate Change Impacts Mental Health

Climate change negatively impacts mental health in various ways. For example, extreme heat arising from climate change corrodes mental health. And natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes) associated with climate change generate trauma and stress. Not surprisingly, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and suicide are all linked to climate change (Clayton et al., 2017), and more people than ever struggle with climate-linked helplessness, uncertainty and loss.
Dr. Simon Sherry discussed climate change and mental health with CTV’s Amy Stoodley. To address climate-linked mental health difficulties, take an active problem-solving approach by directly participating in climate solutions such as commuting or using clean energy. Watch the video clip to learn more.