Unveiling the nexus: the intersection of environmental medicine and mental health in the era of climate change
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Medical University, Wrocław, Poland
University Clinical Hospital, Wrocław, Poland
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Jakub Kobiałka   

University Clinical Hospital, Wrocław, Poland
Med Srod. 2023;26(1-2):32-38
Introduction and objective:
The article delves into the intricate relationship between environmental medicine and mental health, highlighting the interconnecting aspects in the face of the growing climate crisis. The aim of the study is to examine the impact of climate change on mental health, explore existing interventions, and propose comprehensive strategies to address this significant issue.

State of Knowledge:
Recent research has revealed profound implications of climate change on mental health. Rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and environmental degradation contribute to increased psychological stress and vulnerability among affected populations. Individuals with pre-existing mental health disorders are particularly at risk. Promoting interventions and educational initiatives for key stakeholders, such as healthcare leaders, policy makers, educators, and mental health specialists, is essential. Integrating mental health aspects into climate actions can yield benefits for both environmental protection and psychological well-being.

The nexus between environmental medicine and mental health in the era of climate change necessitates a holistic approach. By raising awareness, enhancing institutional capabilities, and implementing innovative interventions, we can mitigate the mental health burden resulting from climate-related disasters. Adopting sustainable policies and practices is crucial. A collective effort is indispensable to forge a more resilient future for the mental health of our planet and communities. Safeguarding both the health of our planet and the well-being of individuals is our shared responsibility, one that we must undertake.

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