'Ecological grief' among mental health effects of climate change in Canada: report

By Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen, November 29, 2018

Canadians are increasingly showing symptoms of anxiety, “ecological grief” and even post-traumatic stress related to the effects of climate change, according to a new report.

The impact of climate change on mental health is something researchers have only recently begun to study and evidence is beginning to mount. It is part of understanding a changing climate as a looming public health crisis.

“Food insecurity, post-traumatic stress disorder, population displacement, trauma, cardiorespiratory impacts, and even deaths because of wildfires, floods, storms, heat waves and related poor air quality are some of the health concerns felt in Canada in the past few months alone,” said Dr. Courtney Howard, lead author of the Lancet Countdown report on Canada released Wednesday.


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