“In general practice, we’re seeing more people coming in who have experienced trauma from bushfires, floods and droughts and who experience mental health impacts,” explains Melbourne GP Dr Catherine Pendrey to The Herald Sun.
Dr Catherine Pendrey explains how extreme weather events are impacting our health:
“I think we all need to understand how we can stay safe in hot weather. That means staying inside and avoiding strenuous activities on hot days, staying hydrated and helping groups to stay safe.”
Climate change affects our wellbeing in many ways.
Severe environmental damage caused by frequent bushfires, marine heatwaves and floods are raising concerns for the future of our planet in the form of ‘eco-anxiety’ and depression.
When these extreme weather events destroy homes and lives, it can leave communities suffering with post-traumatic stress.
These mental health issues are particularly prominent amongst our youth, parents and groups with strong connections to the land, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Dr Catherine Pendrey describes mental health impacts on the local community:
“In general practice, we’re seeing more people coming in who have experienced trauma from bushfires, floods and droughts and who experience mental health impacts, especially in rural communities” explains Dr Pendrey.
We’ve diagnosed climate change as a health issue, now we need to treat it.
A transition to renewable energy will bring substantial health benefits: less asthma, heart disease, and obesity; less extreme weather; more places to play and be active; less stress and improved mental health; and more resilient communities. It will also be a major win for the economy.
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