Mental health impacts of climate change on women

Climate change can impact the health of both men and women. And not only from a physical point of view, but also from a mental point of view

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Mental health impacts of climate change on women

Some examples of climate change are global warming, global cooling, and changing precipitation regimes. Thanks to paleoclimatology, it is known that the climatic history of the Earth goes through continuous phases of more or less rapid and more or less cyclical climatic changes, passing from Ice Ages to Interglacial Ages, from glacial periods to interglacial periods (considering thousands of years), from moments of cooling to moments of warming.

Climate change can impact the health of both men and women. And not only from a physical point of view, but also from a mental point of view. The Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change on Women: a Scoping Review, a study published on the Current environmental health reports, explained: "Climate change is the largest threat to human health of the twenty-first century.

Women are disproportionately affected by climate change. While the physical health impacts of climate change are an active area of research, works related to the mental health impacts are less developed. Furthermore, the mental health impacts of climate change on women are a particular area of interest due to women's disproportionately negative experiences with climate change and climate change-related events."

Mental health impacts of climate change on women

The we can read: "Therefore, the purpose of this scoping review is to understand what is known from the existing literature regarding the mental health impacts of climate change on women.

The methods for this review follow the Arksey and O'Malley framework for a scoping review. By searching databases for publications that discuss women, mental health, and climate change, and screening for relevant work, 20 studies that met inclusion criteria were included in the review.

Themes derived from the reviewed studies include negative mental health outcomes, gender-based violence, burdens of care and responsibility, attachment to land and traditions, and the importance of intersectionality. From these findings, there is a clear need for climate policies on adaptation and mitigation to reflect women's unique needs to ensure their health and safety."