Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When "I" is replaced by "we", illness becomes wellness. ~Shannon L. Alder
How is mental Health affected by climate change?
Do you ever just look outside and see that it's raining or that it's to cold or something that just kind of makes you sad? Do you have those other days when it's super nice outside and it's hot and sunny so you call up all of your friends to hang out? It is a proven fact that illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder and general anxiety can be increased by the weather or the environment. Here's an a small example: a couple summers ago my community was evacuated because of forest fires. Coming back and looking at the scenery made me sad because a lot was lost. People with depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or bipolar disorder would have probably felt what I did but on a much larger scale. Then looking at the media after the fact you see all this damage and people are saying that this was caused by climate change. To prevent climate change you must lower your carbon footprint but that costs money. Low income family can't do anything to help and that can cause stress which is not good for you mental health. Being in this class and learning about climate change and its consequences makes me a little scared for the future. Is climate change affecting your mental health and how?