Description: This research line is a part of the UNU-Climate Resilience Initiative (CRI) and showcases various insights from different geographic regions and practices to enhance the understanding of the interlinkages between climate change, mental health and psychosocial well-being by capturing reflections from different geographic regions and their capacities to integrate support services in climate response strategies.
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The main research questions of this research line:
- How can mental health impacts of the disaster events (e.g., stress reaction, PTSD) as well as climate change (e.g., climate grief, eco-anxiety) be recognized and understood in both Global North and Global South?
- How can we build a better sustainable mental health support system (e.g., building back better after emergencies)? How can the mental health system be strengthened and integrated into the climate services as a whole?
- How can we build and implement a multisectoral and community based approach to reduce vulnerabilities and mental health impacts of climate change and climate induced disasters?
- What would be actionable next steps to develop climate-informed health programmes to better prepare for and to build resilience to the climate crisis by considering different vulnerabilities and geographies?
- What are the roles of youth and future generations to achieve the vision of a climate resilient future for all? What unique advantages could the youth and future generations have / contribute to the vision of an inclusive climate resilient future?
Watch our Video at COP27 on Climate Change and Mental Health:
Chapter 6 Health and Chapter 11 Innovation (2023): World Water Development Report 2023
Sanae Okamoto, Nidhi Nagabhatla (2022). Climate change’s impact on mental health is overlooked and misunderstood – here’s what can be done , THE CONVERSATION
Sanae Okamoto, Nidhi Nagabhatla (2022). Especial | Como a COP27 repercutiu no mundo e sua influência nos rumos da ação climática (Interview in Portugeese), MEDIA TALKS
Nidhi Nagabhatla, Sisir Bhandari (2021). The new normal of ‘climate grief’: why mental health must feature in adaptation and resilience planning, UNU-MERIT Blog
WATER & GENDER (UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme): Gender equality in the water domain working group
Sanae Okamoto, Nidhi Nagabhatla (2023) Climate Change Impacts Mental Health – How to empower future generations to take climate action, 23 January 2023 – 13:30-15:30 Maastricht, the Netherlands | Handout_CCMH Workshop