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Focus on climate change and mental health

The health impacts of climate change are being increasingly recognized, but mental health is often excluded from this discussion. In this issue we feature a collection of articles on climate change and mental health that highlight important directions for future research.

read more from the Nature- Climate Change Volume 8 Issue 4, April 2018

Ecological grief as a mental health response to climate change-related loss

Climate change has a gradual influence on landscapes and ecosystems that may lead to feelings of loss for those with close ties to the natural environment. This Perspective describes existing research on ecological grief and outlines directions for future inquiry

The case for systems thinking about climate change and mental health

This Perspective reviews the literature on climate change and mental health, and advocates for a systems approach, which considers the complex set of interacting distal, intermediate and proximate factors that influence mental health risk, in future research. See Causal process diagram for the mental health effects of drought based on a systematic review.

International effort to reduce global warming has been far too little, far too late and the world (mainly, the underprivileged world) now has to bear the consequences of this reckless inaction. Delineating the climate-change–mental-health system makes it impossible to ignore that the association between disasters, disadvantage and compromised mental health is no coincidence, and that those in positions of influence must not look the other way