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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 Tool
Tool Name Speaking of Psychology: The psychology of climate change
Discipline Social Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Psychology, Climate Psychology, Mental Health, Well-being, Climate Vulnerability, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Chronic Psychological Dysfunction, Depression
Climate Topic Climate and Health, Climate and Society
Type of tool Audio (36 mins)
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by American Psychological Association and Dr. Susan Clayton
Hosted at American Psychological Association
Access Online/Offline
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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