Journal article

Climate change and mental health: a causal pathways framework

Helen Louise Berry, Kathryn Bowen, Tord Kjellstrom

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | SPRINGER BASEL AG | Published : 2010

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Climate change will bring more frequent, long lasting and severe adverse weather events and these changes will affect mental health. We propose an explanatory framework to enhance consideration of how these effects may operate and to encourage debate about this important aspect of the health impacts of climate change. METHODS: Literature review. RESULTS: Climate change may affect mental health directly by exposing people to trauma. It may also affect mental health indirectly, by affecting (1) physical health (for example, extreme heat exposure causes heat exhaustion in vulnerable people, and associated mental health consequences) and (2) community wellbeing. Within community, wel..

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