Climate change and its associated hazards have a wide-range of impacts on mental health and well-being.
Experiencing direct hazards such as extreme weather events and their secondary impacts such as food and water insecurity, economic disruptions and destruction of culturally and historically significant landmarks and cultural sites can lead to increased incidence of mental health disorders and poorer overall well-being.
Understanding climate change and the impact now and for future generations can cause strong feelings of fear, stress, hopelessness, and anxiety. These emotional reactions are commonly referred to as climate anxiety, eco-anxiety, solastalgia, or eco-paralysis.
Exposure to nature can improve mental health, increase social well-being and physical activity. Impacts from climate change such as pollution and invasive species can reduce the quality of surrounding natural spaces and makes it harder for communities to enjoy the full mental health benefits of nature.
- Information on climate anxiety in youth