Policy brief on climate change and mental health/well-being

Jianghong Liu, Teddie Potter, Susan Zahner

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Climate change has a significant global impact on individuals’ mental health and well-being. However, global health systems are inadequately prepared to address this issue. Studies indicate that climate events such as floods, droughts, tornados, earthquakes, and fires not only exacerbate chronic mental illness, but also impact well-being causing anxiety, stress, and in the worst case, suicide. The World Health Organization estimates that 12.6 million preventable deaths per year can be attributed to environmental factors, all of which are exacerbated by climate change, and an additional 250,000 deaths per year are projected between 2030 and 2050. Nurses must advocate for research, education, and policies that support disaster-resilient infrastructure and human services that allow communities across the globe to effectively mitigate the impact of climate change on human health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-522
Number of pages6
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

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