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Multi-level Impacts of Climate Change on Mental Health


A video titled ‘Mental Health Issues and Climate Change’ by Susan Clayton, The College of Wooster, that discusses the impacts of climate change on mental health. The video focuses on why it is necessary to understand and identify the impacts on mental well being in order to better plan, adapt to and mitigate climate change. The video discusses different mental disorders such as stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, chronic psychological dysfunction and depression.

Students will learn about how climate change impacts can affect mental well-being. They will also learn about multi-level impacts, such as direct, indirect, acute, and gradual, on mental health and why it is essential to identify these to tackle this global issue.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are some consequences of climate change on mental health and well-being?
  2.  What are some direct and indirect mental health consequences of the impacts of global warming and natural disasters?
  3. How do people adapt to and cope with the threats of climate change?
About Tool
Tool Name Mental Health Issues and Climate Change
Discipline Social Sciences 
Topic(s) in Discipline Psychology, Climate Psychology, Mental Health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Stress, Anxiety
Climate Topic Climate and Health, Climate and Society 
Type of tool Video (27 mins) 
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Center for Climate Change Communication (George Mason University)
Hosted at YouTube
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

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


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