Climate Change on Mental Health and Wellbeing of the Vulnerable

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This study will examine the broad range of mental health impacts of climate change, and will work with rural communities at public engagement workshops to develop adaptation plans. The goal is to explore community resilience on issues of mental well-being in the wake of climate-related disasters and shock events.

Identifying the impacts of climate change on mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations

The objectives of this research include:

1) A broad scoping review of the literature on climate change, mental health and vulnerability to:
– Identify the range of mental health and wellbeing indicators affected by climate change
–  Develop a draft typology of mental health and wellbeing effects of climate change
– Identify how adaptability and resilience to climate change may be enhanced for vulnerable populations in rural NSW

2)  A community engagement workshop in each of three geographic locations in the Northern Rivers, Broken Hill and Orange/Dubbo to bring the community together to:
–  Critique the accuracy and completeness, and assess the potential utility of the draft typology
– Review ways to build intersectoral capacity to increase adaptability and resilience of vulnerable populations in rural locations

This project is expected to include collaborations with the Emergency Services, Local and State Governments,  Business Chambers, Universities, NGOs and the general public.