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The links between climate change and mental health: What do we know and what needs to be done about it?

Climate change impacts not only physical health but also mental health. 

This session will summarise: 

  • the evidence base for how climate change and mental health are deeply connected 

  • how researchers across Imperial are coming together through the Climate Cares Centre to unpack how people are feeling and support solutions that benefit the climate and mental health together 

  • how we can all take mentally and emotionally sustainable action, together, towards a future that centres wellbeing. 

Attendees of this session will have the opportunity to discuss their own experience of climate related concerns and the coping mechanisms they have used. 

What do we already know?  

People living with mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia and depression, are around three times more likely to die during a heatwave, while some communities are experiencing continuous grief and increased risk of conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder due to extreme weather events.  

Without support, increasing mental health challenges can limit the capacity of individuals and communities to take required climate adaptation and mitigation actions. While the climate crisis is a risk multiplier for mental health, conversely climate action is an opportunity to create a world that better supports good mental health. 

Join us on 29 February at 12pm, at the Grantham Institute Boardroom, South Kensington (see Grantham Institute map) or online, as part of Sustainability Fortnight, to hear from our Climate Cares panellists and to discuss the mental health impacts of the climate crisis and the solutions that can create a world better for our climate and our minds. 


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Sustainability Fortnight: 19 February – 1 March 2024

This event is part of Imperial College London’s Sustainability Fortnight 2024. Visit the Sustainability webpage to find out more information about all the events taking place over the two weeks.

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    Event date:
    February 29, 2024

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