Climate change could affect our mental health leading us to depression, anxiety, even having suicidal thoughts

Droughts, fires, floods, torrential rains, temperature changes and more have impacted vegetation and human systems, putting our mental health at risk.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report in 2022 stating that rapidly increasing climate change poses a growing threat to mental health and psycho-social well-being, which could lead us to suicidal behavior.

But how climate change might affect our mental health?

We could be sitting around, in a group, sharing common interests, but the air around us is so hot that it is uncomfortable, well, this could increase the risk of neurological and psychiatric problems.

In addition, climate change could affect our work, even forcing us to quit, and this would have serious consequences on our mental health and individual well-being, causing distress and anxiety about finding something better.

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The impacts of climate change are increasingly part of our daily lives, and there is very little dedicated mental health support available to those facing climate-related hazards, said Maria Neira, director of WHO’s Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health.

Mental health in the face of extreme climate change

Taking care of our mental health has become important today, and if we are worrying about it, we could end up with individual disasters including mild stress, insomnia, negative behaviors, addiction, even anxiety and depression.

All this can even have a nutritional impact on us, as the world’s food supply could decrease, depending on pollution, due to a drought or a flood, which could lead to depression or even psychosis due to a lack of vitamins and other elements necessary for our organism.

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Children, teenagers, the elderly, pregnant women, the chronically ill, we are all prone to be negatively impacted by climate change, and today all living beings are vulnerable to these changes.

But, it is also up to us to take care of the environment we are and take care of our mental health, restoring our natural habitats, walking instead of taking transportation could also help our minds because of the physical activity.