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Climate Psychiatry


A microlecture titled ‘Climate Psychiatry: The Diverse Challenges of Climate Change to Mental Health’ by Robin Cooper and Alex Trope, University of California, that discusses the impact of climate change on mental and emotional health. The microlecture includes discussions on six different aspects of climate psychiatry:

  1. Slow moving disasters
  2. Acute climate disasters
  3. Vulnerable populations
  4. Extreme heat effects
  5. Eco-distress syndromes
  6. Engagement and action.

Students will learn about the health emergency of climate change. They will be introduced to the field of Climate Psychiatry and how Mental health can be impacted by disruptions associated with climate change. Students will further learn about why it is necessary to understand these disruptions in order to tackle and mitigate climate change.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is Climate Psychiatry?
  2.  Discuss some impacts of climate change on mental health?
  3. How do heatwaves and other disasters affect individual and community health?
About Tool
Tool Name Climate Psychiatry: The Diverse Challenges of Climate Change to Mental Health 
Discipline Social Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Psychology, Climate Psychology, Climate Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Mental Health, Emotional Health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Stress, Anxiety
Climate Topic Climate and Health, Climate and Society
Type of tool Video (1 hr)
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by University of California 
Hosted at YouTube 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

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


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