Mental Health Australia Position Statement - Climate change and mental health

Over the last 130 years, the planet has become approximately 0.85°C warmer. The level of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses emitted by human activity from the start of the Industrial Era onwards has led to heat becoming trapped in the lower atmosphere. Human activities have affected the global climate, leading to significant health — including mental health — impacts.

Our position statement discusses the mental health risks of climate change, and calls on the mental health sector, communities, and governments to draw on our collective strength to face this significant, ongoing health challenge. The mental health sector consistently sees the resilience, adaptability, and strength of human beings when facing huge challenges in their lives. We have the chance to bring this approach to address climate change and its potential health effects.

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