Fall/winter 2019

Amidst the increasing threats to our health and environment and the mounting predictions of runaway climate consequences, our unified voices are needed more than ever. We at the Climate Psychiatry Alliance are pleased to report that despite these challenges, we continue to grow, and are very active in our core mission of addressing the mental health issues associated with the climate emergency. We know there is no time to lose.

BUT we are faced with an organizational challenge: Up to now the activities and the financial support have been carried by the Steering Committee.

We can only continue to build on our successes with your help. So we turn to you to ask for contributions to our financial foundation assuring the work that has been started will carry on. We are now a 501(c) 3 so all donations are tax deductible.

This is the moment to pool our resources because we need each other. Please consider making a donation through the button located on our homepage.


CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS ARE STRUGGLING WITH CLIMATE DISTRESS AND THEIR FUTURE: We are hearing more and more stories of children and teens distraught about the future they face. Anger, anxiety, depression is fueling some to take action. Sept. 20 will begin week of youth actions to mobilize with International Youth Strike.

IMMEDIATE ACTION: SIGN collective statement developed for health professionals by Health Care Without Harm showing support for the students through this open letter excusing students from school because of the severe health consequences. View the letter; consider signing and see other actions to support Youth in your communities.


  • Membership over 400

  • Establishment of sister group of Canadian Climate Psychiatry Alliance

  • Creation of subgroup to focus on impacts on Children and Adolescents

  • Monthly column in Psychiatric Times and Psych News

  • Responding to numerous journalists, media sources

  • Podcasts with significant “hits” (see website for links)

  • Adoption of an overall agenda to guide our priorities, reflected by the acronym CA2RE: Clinical, Administrative, Advocacy, Research, and Education.

  • Establishing collaboration with other mental health groups and academic departments of psychiatry

  • Caucus on Climate and Mental Health has initiated an active listserve to enhance communication and discussion. If you are an APA member and have not joined see below for instructions.

  • Development of “Tool Kit” for clinicians and patients on heat impacts

  • All Five Action Papers recently presented to Assembly passed with resounding support.

  • APA scientific meetings:

    • Over 13 separate sessions at the annual meeting 2019 all highly rated by attendees

    • Two sessions at IPS: NYC Oct. 3-6, 2019 meetings

      • Sat. Oct. 5; 3-4:30PM Bio-psycho-social joins Eco-Spiritual to Address climate change

      • Sunday, Oct 6; 10-11:30am Climate Psychiatry: What Every Psychiatrist Should Know

      • Informal gathering of Caucus on Climate Change and Mental Health: look for notices

  • Wide range of topics submitted for annual meeting 2020

  • Commitment to build national resource directory for mental health response needs (see below under ways to engage)

  • Building more effective internal organizational functioning.


Help to fill our referral list for “climate-aware” therapists. We are approached more and more with requests to help individuals and groups with eco-anxiety and climate grief; we are looking at ways to both expand our thinking about clinical tools and to provide a national repository of resources. We are collaborating with other mental health organizations to create this resource guide both for direct service providers and for speakers. WILL YOU PARTICPATE?

Links for participation:

  1. PDF of Climate-Aware Therapist Pledge (please share widely!)

  2. To offer your information and services for inclusion on the Climate-Aware Therapist Referral List Form

  3. Not a therapist, but interested in Climate-Aware Psychotherapy? (a two-item survey for potential clientele, who we will email once we reach a large enough number of therapists on the referral list for it to be publicly posted online (forthcoming):

Other opportunities to participate:

  • Tech savvy: We are looking for a tech savvy and reliable person (or several) to upgrade and maintain our resource library on our website plus other tasks. Great opportunity for young person interested in mental health.

  • Interested in joining the Children’s group?

  • What do you think needs to be addressed? We are stronger with more creative engagement. Tell us and help us develop projects with you.

Instructions to Join Caucus on Climate Change & Mental Health of APA:
Go to; sign into your member profile, scroll list on left to special interest caucuses and click on Climate Change and Mental Health.

Spring 2018

WELCOME to our new members of Climate Psychiatry Alliance (CPA)!

We continue to grow as we pursue education, research and advocacy to lessen the mental health impacts of climate change. 



This is a site for information on topical issues, access to prior presentations, a large library of resources, a membership link and a lot more. We hope to make this a lively site:  We invite you to contribute information on major climate topics, Blogs, opinion pieces, Links to relevant publications, organizations, and media.  Please send any entries to our contact email:     

Shout out to web designers Cliff West and Dwight Hill for the many hours of volunteer design creation!  And to Robin Cooper and Alex Trope ((formerly Schrobenhauser-Clonan) for lead in website content. 

A special shout out to member Andrés Jovel who is taking over the technical aspects of website maintenance and Janet Lewis for joining the editorial team with Robin Cooper,

LIKE US on FACEBOOK (and like us):  Follow us at: Climate Psychiatry Alliance      


  • Climate Change and Mental Health Caucus: Our newly formed caucus within the Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster Committee of the APA had its first official meeting during the annual May APA conference. Tony Ng, MD who has been appointed by APA leadership as the first caucus chairman led the meeting. Caucus membership increased and many new members attended a robust and engaging working meeting outlining directions for the first year. Shout out to new members, Drs. Debbie Carter, Carl Cohen, Sharat Iyer, Hunter McQuistion, Steve Pederson, and Elizabeth Rand, who attended the first caucus meeting.

  • Key Caucus Goals for 2018/2019:

  • Use CARE* model: (Clinical, Administrative/ Advocacy, Research and Education); Modified from *Coverdale, et al. Climate Change: a call to action for the psychiatric profession. Academic Psychiatry, 2018.

  • Build on existing CPA material to disseminate information to APA psychiatrists;

  • Outreach to District Branches, Residency Directors;

  • Create Speakers Bureau and develop toolkit with standard power point and materials that others can use.

  • Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health:

  • CPA steering committee members David Pollack and Carissa Cabán-Alemán have been appointed the American Psychiatric Association’s representatives to MSC. They and Robin Cooper participated in the first annual MSC meeting in April, 2018, contributing psychiatric perspectives on the health impacts of climate change. MSC coordinated lobbying with Members of Congress, bringing the message of the health risks of climate change to Capitol Hill.


  • May 2018 APA Annual Meeting in New York City: Our CPA Members were busy!

  • Our Symposium and Workshop were successful: Powerpoint slides available on website.

  • Shout out to all who presented: Carissa Caban-Aleman, Beth Haase, Janet Lewis, Sara Gorman, David Pollack, Lise Van Susteren, Rahn Bailey.

  • Disaster Psychiatry Course: ½ day course under direction of Joshua Morganstein, MD was successful and likely to be repeated at the APA Annual Meeting in 2019.

  • BEYOND the APA:

  • Support work of CPA Steering Committee members in efforts to respond to Puerto Rican recovery, Carissa Caban-Aleman, MD of CrearConSalud and Sander Koyfman, MD

  • Continue Development of Scientific Material for APA meetings, presentations and website


  • Building Collaborations

  • Development of joint collaboration with Academic Psychiatry leaders:

  • Alliances with other national and international groups

  • Strengthening Internal Operations within Climate Psychiatry Alliance

***AREAS FOR ENGAGEMENT***:  Join our active groups:

Participation in submitting academic proposals for the scientific meetings of APA, We are developing the following topics* as academic presentations for the 2019 APA meeting in San Francisco.  If you are interested in developing or presenting any of these topics, please get in touch with Dr. Beth Haase,,




Spring 2017

We at Climate Psychiatry Alliance had a busy 2017 and have a number of successes to share.
Our organization is growing, with new members and supporters joining our efforts and deepening.


  • Supported a Position Paper on Climate Change and Mental Health now adopted as the official position of APA.

  • Strengthened our relationship with APA leadership.

  • Established a Climate Psychiatry Caucus within the APA Disaster Psychiatry Committee.

  • Supported the APA webinar production on Disaster Response.

  • Communicated climate health issues with articles in various psychiatric news letters.

  • Successfully advocated for the APA to join The Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health. Two CPA steering committee members will represent the APA to this Consortium.

  • Led symposiums and workshops at APA 2017 and IPS 2017. Achieved significant attendee engagement and response on climate issues.

  • Surveyed APA Candidates for office on climate health commitment; distributed responses, showing very strong support from five of eight successful candidates.


  • Website development, with materials for both public and professional readers

  • Speakers at many national and international forums, including the Pontifical Academy of Science; Conference on Climate and Health, New York City Public Advocate Forum, San Francisco Bay Area Symposium on Lancet Review, Milwaukee Vigil for Earth, Harvard Global Health Institute, National Geographic Lindblad Antarctica expedition, and others

  • Alliance building with domestic and international groups working on climate change mental health, and other health organizations

  • Public testimony and advocacy at city, state, & federal judicial & political events

  • Active blogging of steering committee members

  • Steering committee member leadership of Puerto Rican hurricane response

  • Academic advancement through leadership of the GAP Climate Committee, (Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry)


  • Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health Annual Meeting,
    April 9-10, 2018, George Mason University, Arlington, VA

  • APA Annual Meeting:

    • Disaster Response
      Course #C1220, Saturday, May 5, 1-5 pm, Dr. Joshua Morganstein

    • When Disaster is Slow Moving
      Symposium, Sunday, May 6, 8:00-11 am
      Javits Center
      Drs. Caban-Aleman, Haase, Lewis, and Van Susteren

    • Disaster Psychiatry
      101: Lessons Learned in Treating Victims of Hurricane Harvey, Workshop,
      Sunday, May 6, 10-11:30 am
      Dr. Sophia Banu and Dr. Asam Shah

    • Mental Health Professionals in an Era of Deteriorating Climate Conditions
      Do We Have a Duty to Warn and Protect? Workshop
      Monday, May, 7, 8:00-9:30 am
      Marriott Marquis
      Drs. Gorman, Haase, Lewis, Pollack and Van Susteren