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Climate change is affecting mental health literally everywhere

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🗞️ Driving the news: Climate change is increasingly impacting mental health globally, with effects like extreme weather, water scarcity, and air pollution exacerbating stress, depression, and anxiety across diverse communities
A recent summit by the Connecting Climate Minds network highlighted these challenges through examples from around the world

🔭 The context: Experts at the summit, including scientists, doctors, and community leaders, emphasized that mental health issues arising from climate change are widespread and not confined to individual experiences
Indigenous communities, farmers, youth, and marginalized groups are notably affected

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The psychological impact of climate change underscores the interconnectedness of environmental health and human well-being 
•  Addressing these mental health challenges is crucial for fostering resilient communities in the face of ongoing environmental crises

⏭️ What's next: Governments and health organizations are encouraged to integrate climate-related impacts into public health strategies
This includes expanding green spaces, enhancing mental health services, and leveraging ancestral knowledge to mitigate these effects

💬 One quote: "For us, mental health isn’t just about individuals,” said Jhonatan Yuditya Pratama, a youth ambassador. “It’s about the collective well-being of our communities and the land itself. When nature suffers, so do we”

📈 One stat: by 2030, the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on mental health could cost the global economy approximately $2.25 trillion per year, WHO Report

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