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Climate Change Impacts on Mental Health


As an Undergraduate teacher of Psychology in the Social Sciences you can use this lesson plan to teach your students impacts of climate change on mental health and well-being.

This lesson plan provides an overview of several mental health consequences of global warming. These include stress and distress symptoms and clinical disorders like anxiety, depression, and even suicidality amongst others. It addresses how climate change and its impacts can affect the perceptions of everyday experiences and life of individuals and communities. And further highlights how mental health consequences of the impacts of global warming often are linked with other social and environmental stresses. These effects are direct and indirect, are complex, multi-level and can be acute or gradual. This lesson plan further emphasizes how the mental health and well-being consequences of climate change are a crucial in understanding how climate change impacts human health overall.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to teach aspects of Psychology in your Social Sciences classroom. This lesson plan can be used as a module in a Psychological Disorders or Mental Health courses or as a topic in Psychological Disorders or Therapy or Stress, Lifestyle, and Health sections in an Introductory Psychology course.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Learn about the mental health consequences of climate change
  2. Understand the physical impacts, human systems and infrastructure impacts, and human health impacts of climate change.
  3. Understand the connections between the mental, physical and community health aspects of human health and well-being
  4. Discuss some direct and indirect mental health consequences of the impacts of global warming
  5. Understand how people adapt to and cope with the perceived threat of climate change?

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


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