The case for systems thinking about climate change and mental health

Helen L. Berry, Thomas D. Waite, Keith B.G. Dear, Anthony G. Capon, Virginia Murray

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It is increasingly necessary to quantify the impacts of climate change on populations, and to quantify the effectiveness of mitigation and adaptation strategies. Despite growing interest in the health effects of climate change, the relationship between mental health and climate change has received little attention in research or policy. Here, we outline current thinking about climate change and mental health, and discuss crucial limitations in modern epidemiology for examining this issue. A systems approach, complemented by a new style of research thinking and leadership, can help align the needs of this emerging field with existing and research policy agendas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-290
Number of pages9
JournalNature Climate Change
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

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