On Friday, February 18, a panel of leaders came together to bring to light the current state of the science on climate change and mental health. This webinar was co-hosted by the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health, GWSPH Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, GW Climate & Health Institute, ecoAmerica, and Climate for Health. Together, the speakers discussed how this public health threat is being addressed in clinical practice and societal solutions. Speakers included:
Bob Perkowitz, President, ecoAmerica
Lynn Goldman, MD, MPH, MS, Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health; Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
Arthur Evans, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, American Psychological Association
Susan Clayton, PhD, Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology, College of Wooster
Lise Van Susteren, MD, General and Forensic Psychology, Climate Psychiatry Alliance
You can now watch the full recording of the webinar, which includes nearly 25 minutes of an engaging question and answer discussion, below. For more information on this topic, read the 2021 edition of Mental Health and Our Changing Climate, published by ecoAmerica and the American Psychological Association. And, register for the American Climate Leadership Summit 2022, where on March 30 you can join the session on climate change and mental health.
If you need help, seek it out. There’s a national helpline that offers 24/7 treatment referral and information for individuals and families facing mental or substance use disorders: 800-662-HELP (4357). The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-TALK (8255).