About the Discussion

Climate Change and Mental Health

The medical community is becoming increasingly aware of the psychological effects of the climate crisis, including stress and anxiety. Extreme weather events have social and mental health consequences, ranging from low-level stress to post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychological effects can be compounded by other social and environmental stressors. Vulnerable groups that experience poverty and lack access to health-promoting community infrastructure, housing, and clinical care are often also at risk of other environmental exposures, including temperature changes, air pollution, and extreme weather events. At the same time, health care providers are experiencing increased stressors from the climate crisis, job burnout, and an exodus of many clinicians from clinical care. How can we mitigate the harmful effects of climate change on mental health at the community, health system, and national level?  What new community partnerships can we build to address the climate crisis and protect the health of all? NEJM Resident 360 has invited a panel of experts to discuss climate change and mental health and answer your questions on this topic. This discussion follows a virtual symposium hosted by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. #ClimateChangesHealth

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