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Weathering Climate Change: Navigating Mental Health Impacts in Communities

By ACCESS Health International Southeast Asia Ltd

MARKET

Online

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(GMT+8)

20 February 2024

4:00pm

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20 February 2024

5:00pm

About this event

Climate change is a growing global crisis exacerbating mental health issues for vulnerable communities. Heat, drought, poor air quality, and disasters can increase the risks of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorders in people, while prenatal exposure can predispose children to behavioural and developmental issues like ADHD and psychiatric disorders. A study of 10,000 children and young people in 10 countries reported that around half felt that climate anxiety impacted their daily functioning. Indigenous and marginalized communities are especially susceptible to extreme weather changes.

Mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS) are crucial for countries to maintain good mental wellbeing amidst extreme climate changes. However, a 2021 WHO survey of 95 countries found that only 9 have included such measures in their national health and climate change plans. More funding, research, and early interventions are required to promote mental health resilience during climate change.

Join us in this webinar as we discuss the various determinants of climate change affecting psychosocial well-being particularly in vulnerable communities. We will also discuss how governments, and other multi-sectoral actors can mitigate the mental health impact wrought by climate change.

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