New report sheds light on ‘hidden cost’ of mental health problems caused by climate change, Science News
The effects of climate change on the collective mental health of people around the world have so far not been recorded. But a recent study sheds light on how climate change is affecting the mental health of people, especially those directly affected by its dire consequences.
Scientists warn that climate change is destroying the mental health of people around the world, while noting that its costs remain hidden.
In a new report, scientists have tried to understand how climate change is increasing mental health problems in people. The report postulates that heat waves are causing increased suicide rates around the world, while adding how the loss of food security causes depression in many. Young people are particularly affected by anxiety about what the future holds for planet Earth, the scientists said.
The study was conducted at Imperial College London by Emma Lawrance, who told The Guardian that âmental health is the invisible impactâ of the climate climate in today’s times. Over a billion people already face the dire consequences of mental health problems. Researchers believe the easiest way to ease the burden is to correct climate change itself.
Providing a sense of well-being through collective efforts to limit the adverse effects of climate change could be the key to limiting mental health problems.
Climate change has a disastrous impact on the environment, causing adverse weather events leading to natural disasters. The most common disasters are heat waves, floods and droughts. Researchers believe such disasters put people at immense risk for PTSD, depression, anxiety, as well as an additional risk of suicide.
But the risks do not end there. Even though climate change does not directly affect your environment, it still has a lasting impact on people’s mental health due to anxieties for the future. The report concludes by referring to the effects of climate change on mental health as âhidden costs,â implying that a person’s mental well-being has been ignored in policy and planning.