Featured Resources to Promote Mental Health and Well-being In a Changing Climate

How can individuals, communities, and governments strengthen their resilience in the face of climate change and work for policies that will lead to a healthier and more just society?

A nurse is holding the hands of an older person as they smile at each other and walk forwardHow can individuals, communities, and governments strengthen their resilience in the face of climate change and work for policies that will lead to a healthier and more just society? The American Psychological Association’s and ecoAmerica’s Mental Health and Our Changing Climate report provides the latest information on the multiple effects of climate change on mental health and well-being and dives into how we can take action to overcome climate change and improve the health of everyone.

Below, we pull out the resources featured in the report to provide easy access for our readers to explore them today. We hope you dive in, find them helpful, and share them with your networks.  

Building Resilience

Resources For Individuals or to Support Individual Resilience

  1. Coping With Climate Change Distress from Australian Conservation Foundation, The Climate Reality Project Australia, Australian Psychological Society, and Psychology for a Safe Climate
  2. Climate Resilience Network 
  3. Project Inside Out 
  4. Good Grief Network (a 10-step program for resilience building)
  5. Facing It: A podcast about love, loss, and the natural world from Jennifer W. Atkinson, PhD

Resources to Build Community Resilience

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention BRACE Program 
  2. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) from FEMA
  3. Public Health Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change from EPA
  4. U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
  5. The Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup (CTKW)
  6. Community Resilience Learning Collaborative and Research Network
  7. Disaster Preparedness Planning Guide for Free and Charitable Clinics from AmeriCares
  8. Americares Safety Net Center
  9. International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) Workshop from the Resource Innovation Group

Accelerating Climate Solutions for Mental Health

Resources for Cities, Counties, and States

  1. Path to Positive Moving Forward Guide
  2. Let’s Talk Climate from ecoAmerica
  3. The Fourth National Climate Assessment from the US Global Change Research Program
  4. EPA Smart Growth and Climate Change
  5. Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change on Mental Health and Well-Being from the American Public Health Association

Resources for Individuals

  1. Build Your Emergency Preparedness Kit from Ready.gov
  2. How to Build a Kit for Emergencies from FEMA
  3. Extreme Weather & Emergency Preparedness and Response Infographics from CDC
  4. Make an Emergency Kit Now from Red Cross
  5. Climate Solutions for Your Home and Neighborhood and Climate Solutions for Your Community from Climate for Health
  6. Building Thriving, Resilient Communities from Resilience and Post Carbon Institute

Resources for Mental Health Professionals

  1. Climate Solutions for Your Workplace from Climate for Health
  2. Climate Solutions: Advocacy with Policy Makers from Climate for Health
  3. Climate for Health Ambassadors Training
  4. Americares Learning Portal
  5. Hope, Health & Climate Change | Howard Frumkin, DrPH, MPH, MD, Presents and UNC School of Medicine 
  6. The World Health Organization’s Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers
  7. Disaster Mental Health Information from American Psychological Association
  8. Addressing Climate Change Concerns in Practice from American Psychological Association
  9. Climate Psychiatry Alliance 
  10. Climate Psychology Alliance North America

If your organization or institution is interested in holding a briefing on Mental Health and Our Changing Climate, learn more and request one here.

If you need help, seek it out. There’s a national helpline that offers 24/7 treatment referral and information for individuals and families facing mental or substance use disorders: 800-662-HELP (4357). The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-TALK (8255).

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