Mental Health and Our Changing Climate Captures National Attention

The topic of mental health and climate change is garnering increasing attention and press coverage.

The topic of mental health and climate change is garnering increasing attention and press coverage. People, organizations, and policymakers are beginning to make the connection, and seek more information on impacts and solutions.  

On Thursday, August 11, ecoAmerica was honored to once again share information and guidance on the topic on a call with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) – offering a briefing on Mental Health and Our Changing Climate. Together, Christie Manning, PhD, Meighen Speiser, and Nicole Hill, MPH, shared topline findings from the report for NASEM’s Environmental Health Matters Initiative team.

The briefing with NASEM is the latest in a steady series of briefings and presentations on the report. In the last few months alone, ecoAmerica and report co-authors have shared the findings with the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, the American Psychological Association annual meeting, and a number of conferences. Earlier this year, the team traveled to Atlanta, GA for the National Association of City and County Health Officials Preparedness Summit and to Spokane, WA for the National Environmental Health Association’s Annual Education Conference.

If your organization or institution is interested in holding a briefing, learn more and request one here.

For more information and to find out how you can protect you and your communities’ mental health in a changing climate, read the 2021 edition of Mental Health and Our Changing Climate, published by the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica in November 2021.

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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