Table of Contents
ISRN Public Health
Volume 2013, Article ID 127365, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/127365
Review Article

Extreme Weather Events and Mental Health: Tackling the Psychosocial Challenge

Amity Institute of Behavioral and Allied Sciences, Amity University, Lucknow 226010, India

Received 24 May 2013; Accepted 12 June 2013

Academic Editors: E. Clays, S. M. Pezzotto, and I. Szadkowska-Stanczyk

Copyright © 2013 Jyotsana Shukla. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Climate change is an emerging challenge to the mental health of entire humanity. Several studies, in recent times, have brought to light the adverse public mental health outcomes of extreme weather events for the suffering communities. The general public and the policy making bodies need to gain awareness about these impacts. Through such awareness, communities and their governments can institutionalize mechanisms to provide psychological support to the populations affected by climate change, before it becomes a massive public health challenge and starts affecting the social and vocational lives of people. There is an urgent need for addressing these impacts. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the deleterious effects of climate change related extreme weather events on mental health, the worldwide response of several communities to such events, and preparedness of the public and government to deal with these adverse mental health impacts. Policy imperatives to prevent and mitigate these impacts have been suggested. It is hoped that the psychologists, governments, and communities will act earnestly to prevent the impending harm to human mental health due to climate change.