Mental health and disaster risk

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While much discussion revolves around the physical effects of disasters, mental health can also be harmed after a calamity. These resources explore the effects of disasters on mental health and good practices for reducing negative impacts.

The rising frequency and intensity of heat waves can trigger various forms of emotional distress affecting people’s mental health. One such emerging form of distress is eco-anxiety.
Conversation Media Group, the
Suicide incidence could increase by up to 1,660 cases annually, depending on how much the climate changes.
Eos - AGU
Human-caused climate change is pushing weather temperatures never before recorded. Mental health impacts are concerning, but straightforward links are unclear. Humidity needs to be considered in tandem with heat.
Psychology Today
2022
The guide provides insight into the adverse psychosocial impacts on flood-affected communities and how agencies can develop mitigation plans, particularly focusing on groups who may be at increased risk of mental health impacts and wellbeing after floods.
United Kingdom - government
New research has found suicide increases during drought among men in Australia’s rural communities, and the problem may be exacerbated due to climate change. Our findings call for urgent plans for adaptation, and global action.
Conversation Media Group, the
Repeated exposure to hurricanes, whether direct, indirect or media-based, is linked to adverse psychological symptoms and may be associated with increased mental health problems, according to a first-of-its kind study led by University of California.
University of California Irvine News