American Psychiatric Association (APA) Materials on Climate Change and Mental Health
Part of CPA's mission is to enable and embolden the American Psychiatric Association (APA)- the largest professional psychiatric organization in the world- to continue to lead the psychiatric profession in acknowledging, researching and educating, and taking decisive action on the various climate-related challenges to mental health that exist in the United States and globally. Here is a list of updated materials that CPA members have helped create and curate for the APA website.
Climate Change and Mental Health COnnections Tutorial
The potential impacts of climate change are familiar — we often see news about extreme weather events, droughts, flooding and impacts on agriculture and infrastructure. But we may hear less about the impact of climate change on health and mental health.
How Climate-Related Natural Disasters Affect Mental Health
Research indicates that extreme weather events such as large storms, flooding, droughts and heat waves are likely to become more frequent or more intense with climate change. Experiencing disasters related to climate and weather can cause significant stress and distress for many and contribute to more serious mental health issues.
Public Perception: How Americans See Climate CHange
A majority of Americans already believe there is a connection between climate change and health. A national poll in the spring of 2017 found that 63 percent of Americans believe climate change is already impacting our health