Mental Health, Climate Change and Public Health. Minnesota Climate and Health Program Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Impacts Analysis Unit July 2013. Notice.
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Mental Health, Climate Change and Public Health
Minnesota Climate and Health Program
Minnesota Department of Health
Environmental Impacts Analysis Unit
MDH developed this presentation based on scientific research published in peer-reviewed journals. References for information can be found in the relevant slides and/or at the end of the presentation.
There have been three recent significant observed climate trends in Minnesota:
Significant observations in warming pattern:
Precipitation in Minnesota is changing:
Understanding climate change is difficult
We have to rely on scientific models and expert judgment, often through the lens of mass media
Mental health conditions significantly more common amongst those exposed to violence:
Society’s Grand Challenges: Global Climate Change
American Psychological Association
“Human behavior is recognized as a main contributor to today’s climate crisis, and yet, it is one of the least understood components of this complex problem. Learn how psychologists are studying ways to address global climate change.”
Ambit Network at the University of Minnesota is a leader in helping communities use research-based prevention and intervention techniques to increase children’s ability to deal with trauma.
“A Public Health Approach to Prevention of Behavioral Health Conditions”
A Presentation from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This presentation discusses the public health model to prevent substance abuse and mental health disorders. Additionally, it reviews some of the challenges in preventing behavioral health problems and potential solutions, with an emphasis on early intervention.
Behavioral Health and Emergency Preparedness
Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness
This website provides expanded information on Psychological First Aid, continuity of operations, resources for responders, disaster planning, and suicide prevention.
Disaster Behavior Health Information Series
A collection of resources, presentations, and toolkits pertinent to disaster behavioral health. Resources target specific populations or relate to specific types of disaster.
Psychological First Aid Mobile App
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
PFA Mobile™ lets responders review PFA guidelines and assess their readiness to deliver PFA in the field. The app provides additional support for successful interactions with different survival groups.
This work was supported by cooperative agreement 5UE1EH000738 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Special thanks to the following people for their contributions to the creation of this training module:
Minnesota Department of Health Office of Emergency Preparedness
Susan Littrell, LiCSW, LADC
Hennepin County Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE)
Ken Winters, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry
Chris Bray, Ph.D., LP
Mary Jo Verschay
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Contact Minnesota Climate and Health Program:
JULY 29, 2013
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