Audio: Climate Change and Mental Health

An audio podcast of the American Psychological Association where Dr. Susan Claytonto speaks  about the  impacts of climate change on mental health and well-being.

The students will be introduced to Clayton’s work on psychological response to climate change. They will learn about mental health consequences of climate change such as anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), grief, chronic psychological dysfunction, and depression. Additionally, they will learn about direct and indirect impacts of climate change on the human mind and the psychology of climate denial.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How does climate change impact mental health and well-being?
  2. Discuss some mental health disorders caused by climate change.
  3. Who are the most vulnerable to such mental health disorders?
  4. What are some of the ways to address mental health issues caused by climate change?

About the Tool

Tool NameSpeaking of Psychology: The psychology of climate change
DisciplineSocial Sciences, Psychology
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Psychology, Mental Health and Well-being, Climate Vulnerability, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Chronic Psychological Dysfunction, Depression
Climate TopicClimate and Health, Climate and Society
Type of ToolAudio (36 mins)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationUS, Global
LanguageEnglish
TranslationNone
Developed byAmerican Psychological Association and Dr. Susan Clayton
Hosted atAmerican Psychological Association
LinkLink
AccessOnline/Offline
Computer SkillsBasic

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