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"Extreme Weather a Disaster for Mental Health" - Megan Brooks

  • Medscape
  • New York, NY
  • (May 20, 2019)

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season made clear that storm hazards are progressively worsening due to climate change and this amplifies the risk for severe mental health outcomes, according to researchers. There is a compelling need to better anticipate and prepare for the psychological consequences of increasingly dangerous extreme weather events. "Extreme weather events really do seem to be happening more and more. We see it on the news and mental health providers need to be in on the planning for how to respond to these events,” said Rachel Yehuda, PhD, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who was not involved in the study. She added, “When we see current events that create a mental health need, one of the conundrums that we have is: Do we wait for people to come to treatment, which is kind of the current model, or are we are more proactive in seeking people out and doing outreach?"

— Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Director, Traumatic Stress Studies, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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