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Climate Change’s Looming Mental Health Crisis

“It’s known as ecological grief—the mourning of ecosystems and species and ways of life that are disappearing as the planet warms. But it isn’t just hitting the Inuit. As our planet plays host to rising seas, more intense storms, and higher temperatures, those conditions will support a growing international mental health crisis.

“‘Things like depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, domestic abuse, all these things tend to go up in the aftermath of a natural disasters,’ says psychologist Susan Clayton of the College of Wooster, co-author of an extensive report on climate change and mental health. ‘As we have more natural disasters, one would expect to also have increases in those kinds of mental health consequences.'”

FULL STORY published August 2, 2018 via Wired