How Climate-Related Natural Disasters Affect Mental Health

APA Position Statement

Mental Health and Climate Change

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognizes that climate change poses a threat to public health, including mental health. Those with mental health disorders are disproportionately impacted by the consequences of climate change. APA recognizes and commits to support and collaborate with patients, communities, and other healthcare organizations engaged in efforts to mitigate the adverse health and mental health effects of climate change.

Approved by the APA Board of Trustees, March 2017

Companion Resource Document: Mental Health and Climate Changef