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In a recent review published in the journal NPJ Mental Health Research, researchers conducted a scoping review to assess the impacts of climate change on global mental and psychosocial health. They further investigate the outcomes of studies introducing unique interventions or intervention packages aimed at blunting or reversing these impacts. Their scrutiny of more than 5,000 potentially relevant publications revealed 40 studies investigating the associations between mental health and climate change. Review findings revealed 37 unique intervention regimes that act across social system levels from microsystems to macrosystems.

The present review highlights the novelty of this field of research, with a majority of included interventions not (yet) being formally evaluated within a robust scientific framework. Nonetheless, preliminary intervention results are promising, especially when applied to low- and middle-income countries disproportionally affected by climate change. Despite extensive scaled-up clinical trials being required before some of these interventions become public health recommendations, this review summarizes scientists’ progress in the field and the basis for further research against mental health disability.

The article discusses innovative interventions aimed at addressing the mental health impacts of climate change. As climate change exacerbates natural disasters, environmental degradation, and displacement, it also contributes to increased levels of anxiety, depression, and trauma among individuals and communities.

Researchers and mental health professionals are developing novel approaches to combat these mental health challenges. These interventions include ecotherapy, which involves connecting with nature to improve mental well-being, and community-based programs that foster social support and resilience in the face of climate-related stressors.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or any mental health issues exacerbated by climate change, it’s essential to seek support. Contact at 855-339-1112 to speak with a professional who can provide assistance and guidance. Whether it’s overcoming addiction or coping with the mental health impacts of climate change, reaching out for help is a crucial step towards healing and recovery.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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