Evaluation Research Coordinator Compass Health Network Clinton, Missouri
Insufficient attention has been paid to the intersection of climate change and behavioral health. We will offer solutions by providing introductions and overviews of the peer-reviewed literature on the most well-documented mental health effects of climate change and resultant extreme weather events and the results of the first known study of these effects in a large community behavioral health organization. We will describe our study method and results, along with implications and applications for similar providers and organizations. It will utilize research and survey data for recommended actions for community behavioral health providers.
Describe the documented behavioral health impact of the climate crisis on the general population and those with serious mental illness.
Explain the emerging nomenclature of climate-related mental health conditions ranging from eco-anxiety to eco-empathy.
List at least three kinds of action that can be undertaken by behavioral health providers and organizations to address the effects of the climate crisis on human beings.