"Meteorological and ecological shifts driven by climate change are creating a slow and often unpredictable bloom of novel public health challenges across the United States. The American Public Health Association has declared climate change 'one of the most serious public health threats facing our nation,' although the precise nature of that threat remains uncertain."
The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change
"Mental health experts, practitioners and survivors of disasters, all attest to the emotional trauma and community damage from wilder weather, with a warning that worse will come without preventative climate action. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse: these are some of the mental health costs of extreme weather events—the real costs of living without preventative action. The mental health costs of climate change manifest before, during and even long after extreme weather events (see Fig.1), and include: ...
• Direct and acute impacts, such as the trauma of bushfire, the anguish of losing loved ones to a severe weather event, or the despair that comes with prolonged drought.
• Indirect impacts, including the anxiety of watching reports of others being swept away in floods, being on constant bushfire alert or of a cyclone bearing down on a coastal community.
• Broader impacts on society, the economy and the environment, such as heat-related violence, conflict over deteriorating resources, tensions arising from displacement and migration, the loss of environmental quality, economic opportunity undermined, and the anxiety of an insecure future."