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Climate Change and Mental Health: Implications for the Psychiatric Workforce.

Authors
  • 1 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and National Clinician Scholars Program, University of California, San Francisco (Hwong).
  • 2 San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco (Hwong).
  • 3 Right Brain/Left Brain, Stafford, Virginia (Kuhl).
  • 4 National Institute on Drug Abuse, Washington, D.C. (Compton).
  • 5 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Benton).
  • 6 Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (Grzenda).
  • 7 Division of Research, American Psychiatric Association, Washington, D.C. (Doty, Thompson, Gogtay, Clarke).
  • 8 Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore (Clarke).
  • 9 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City (Alpert). Ruth S. Shim, M.D., M.P.H., and Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H., are editors of this column.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)
Publication Date
May 01, 2022
Volume
73
Issue
5
Pages
592–595
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.202100227
PMID: 34369808
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Climate change is a major global public mental health crisis that is expected to increase the need for mental health services. Psychiatrists and other mental health care providers must address workforce needs through recruitment, training and education, prevention and intervention, public policy and advocacy, and direct efforts to reduce climate change. This column discusses concrete steps for the psychiatric workforce to take to prepare for growing mental health needs associated with climate change.

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