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Addressing Mental Health in a Changing Climate: Incorporating Mental Health Indicators into Climate Change and Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5T 3M7, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(9), 1806; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15091806
Received: 29 June 2018 / Revised: 2 August 2018 / Accepted: 21 August 2018 / Published: 22 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change and Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments)
A growing number of health authorities around the world are conducting climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments; however, few explore impacts and adaptations related to mental health. We argue for an expanded conceptualization of health that includes both the physiological and psychological aspects of climate change and health. Through a review of the global literature on mental health and climate change, this analytical review explores how mental health can be integrated into climate change and health vulnerability assessments and concludes with recommendations for integrating mental health within climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; mental health; vulnerability; assessment climate change; mental health; vulnerability; assessment
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Hayes, K.; Poland, B. Addressing Mental Health in a Changing Climate: Incorporating Mental Health Indicators into Climate Change and Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1806.

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