Journal article

Strategies for Delivering Mental Health Services in Response to Global Climate Change: A Narrative Review

Lawrence A Palinkas, Meaghan L O'Donnell, Winnie Lau, Marleen Wong

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | MDPI | Published : 2020

Abstract

This narrative review examined strategies for preparedness and response to mental health impacts of three forms of climate change from a services perspective: (1) acute and extreme weather events such as hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, (2) sub-acute or long-term events such as droughts and heatwaves; and (3) the prospect of long-term and permanent changes, including higher temperatures, rising sea levels, and an uninhabitable physical environment. Strategies for acute events included development and implementation of programs and practices for monitoring and treating mental health problems and strengthening individual and community resilience, training of community health workers to deliv..

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