Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Mental health and climate change

Rates of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a new report says.

The report, A Climate of Suffering: The Real Cost of Living with Inaction on Climate Change, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake of severe weather events related to climate change could be linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance abuse.

As many as one in five people reported emotional injury, stress and despair in the wake of these events. The report called the past 15 years a "preview of life under unrestrained global warming".

Sydney Morning Herald report

Opinion piece by Ian Hickie, University of Sydney

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