In recent years, the term “climate anxiety” has gone from obscure to familiar, underscoring a growing awareness of how witnessing escalating climate disasters affects our mental health. YSPH Clinical Psychologist Sarah Lowe offers suggestions to help people manage their emotional and cognitive reactions to our rapidly changing environment.
- October 17, 2023Source: Daily Kos
Climate anxiety is no joke. YSPH Associate Professor Sarah Lowe has been studying the topic in depth, and she characterizes it as: “Distress about climate change … that can manifest as intrusive thoughts or feelings of distress about future disasters or the long-term future of human existence.”
- October 06, 2023Source: Yale Daily News
In a recent study, researchers at the School of Public Health found that despite successful local efforts to improve mental health infrastructure, more steps must be taken to combat mental illness among adolescents in American Samoa.
- September 20, 2023
Yale School of Public Health PhD student Bryce Takenaka says the Maui wildfires did not result from a natural catastrophe nor a single incident but were a product of settler capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism. He's urging people to donate to help indigenous people rebuild after the fires.
- September 12, 2023Source: The Lancet
Early June 2023 was marked by an unprecedented disaster: wildfire smoke emanating from Quebec (Canada) spread throughout the northeastern USA. This so-called crisis in the air threatens physical and mental health.
- June 09, 2023Source: The Washington Post
As Canadian wildfires poured smoke plumes over the United States this week, East Coasters found themselves captivated and concerned by the unnatural orange hue that took over the skies.
- June 09, 2023Source: The New York Times
As wildfire smoke engulfed skies across eastern North America, it brought echoes of the coronavirus pandemic. Children were forced off playgrounds and cooped up inside. Adults dug out N95 masks. Brightly colored maps tracking public health threats presented a whole new language of risk.
- May 26, 2023
A new study finds women health care providers working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic were more than twice as likely than men to experience symptoms of major depressive, generalized anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders.
- April 05, 2023
A new study shows that for some low-income mothers in New Orleans, the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with the same, or worse, mental health impacts as Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst national disasters in U.S. history.
- July 26, 2022
Two Yale School of Public Health professors are being honored with awards by the American Psychological Association for their work in trauma psychology.