Co-Creating a Resilient Future: Opportunities, Solutions and Future Generations - Climate Change and Mental Health Series
- Teachers and caregivers are not yet equipped to teach and discuss climate change with children in schools.
- Community-led approaches could act as cooperative platforms where multiple stakeholders can discuss and establish trust.
- Global commitments, such as the SDGs and NDCs need to be accelerated to effectively address climate risks on mental health and to increase awareness of the issue.
- There is insufficient investment in mental health support systems at national-level climate action planning in most countries.
- Innovative solutions, such as digital mental healthcare, sustainable urban design, and rebonding with nature can help build climate resilience and protect mental health.
This Policy Brief is the second in a series of three from the United Nations University - Climate Resilience Initiative (hosted by UNU institutes in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands) proposing recommendations on the impact of climate change on mental health and well-being. The first policy brief of the series outlines the current, global state of affairs; the second assesses the risks that intensify the impact on mental health; and the third identifies policy opportunities and solutions.