Your health, climate change, and mental health
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Did you know?
Climate disasters and forced migration have been linked to PTSD, depression, and anxiety. As children learn more about climate change, we are seeing a rise in “eco-anxiety” or “eco-grief" as they worry about a future with the threats of a changing climate. Feelings may include fear, anger, sadness, etc. Extreme weather because of climate change limits opportunities for physical/outdoor activities and social events, which can make isolation worse.
- Engage in conversations
- Discuss with friends, family, and children about climate and how it is impacting our lives.
- Promote awareness about the effects of climate in your community.
- Watch for warning signs: Look for changes in children’s behavior, attitude, motivation, appetite, sleep patterns and school performance.
- Take action
- Develop a safety plan.
- Remove access to harmful objects such as firearms and ammunition.
- Seek professional help with your medical provider to discuss therapy and/or other options.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 if you or a loved one are experiencing emotional distress, thoughts of self-harm, or a suicidal crisis.
Explore the Climate Ready Map to see how climate change impacts your neighborhood.
Start a climate group using the Toolkit for Youth Leaders to encourage climate action.
Plan your trip with public transport.
Connect with climate creators on social media platforms.
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