Climate Change & Mental Health

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CBC INTERVIEWS

Climate change affecting mental health in Northern Labrador

A crew from CBC News: The National visited Rigolet, Nunatsiavut to learn from people in the community about the ways in which a changing climate and environment were impacting their lives, livelihoods, and wellbeing.

Experiencing ‘eco-anxiety’? Report suggests link between climate change and mental health

Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo discussed the longer-term impacts of climate change on mental health with Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC’s The Current.

Climate change rattles mental health of Inuit in Labrador

In an interview for CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, Ashlee Cunsolo spoke about climate change and mental health research in Nunatsiavut conducted by the Inuit Mental Health Adaptation to Climate Change project team. Listen…

NEWS ARTICLES

Healing humanity’s grief in the face of climate change

David Sukuki wrote about grief in the face of climate change and featured our work in Nunatsiavut, Labrador.

Aboriginal leaders are warning of the mental health cost of climate change in the North

Tyler Hamilton wrote an article for the Toronto Star examining the many complex facets related to climate change and mental health, and featured our work in Nunatsiavut, Labrador.

Trapped ‘like a caged animal’: Climate change taking toll on mental health of Inuit

Sabrina Fabian of CBC News interviewed Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo and community members from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut to learn about the ways in which climate change is impacting mental wellbeing in this community.

REPORTS

Climate Change & Inuit Mental Health

Coinciding with COP21, this report released through Adjacent Government describes findings from multi-year Inuit-led research in the North on climate change and mental health.

Mental Health and Our Changing Climate

Read about the updated report, “Mental Health and Our Changing Climate,” released by the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  1. *Petrasek MacDonald, J., Cunsolo Willox, A., Ford, J., Baikie, M., Shiwak, I., Wood, M., the IMHACC Team, and the Rigolet Inuit Community Government (2015). Youth-*Identified Protective factors in a Changing Climate: Perspectives from Inuit Youth in Nunatsiavut, Labrador. Social Science and Medicine, 133-141. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.07.017
  2. Cunsolo Willox, A., Stephenson, E., Allen, J., Bourque, F., Drossos, A., Elgarøy, S., Kral, M., Mauro, I., Moses, J., Pearce, T., Petrasek MacDonald, J., and Wexler, L. (2014).  Examining Relationships between Climate Change and Mental Health in the Circumpolar North? Regional Environmental Change. doi: 10.1007/s10113-014-0630.
  3. Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S., Ford, J.D., Edge, V., Landman, K., Houle, K., Blake, S. and Wolfrey, C. (2013). Climate Change and Mental Health:  An Exploratory Case Study from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador. Climatic Change.  doi: 10.1007/s10584-013-0875-4. Click here for paper.
  4. Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S., Edge, V., Landman, K., Houle, K., Ford, J., and the Rigolet Inuit Community Government (2013). ‘The Land Enriches the Soul:’ On Environmental Change, Affect, and Emotional Health and Well-Being in Nunatsiavut, Canada. Emotion, Space, and Society, special issue on Ecology and Emotion, 6, 14-24. doi: 10.1016/j.emospa.2011.08.005). (Listed by Scopus as Top 25 Hottest Articles for the journal in 2012; top five most-downloaded article. Ranked most-downloaded article in 2016 for the journal).
  5. Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S., Ford, J., Landman, K., Houle, K., Edge, V., and the Rigolet Inuit Community Government (2012). “From this Place and of this Place”: Climate Change, Health, and Place in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Canada. Social Sciences and Medicine, 75(3), 538-547. Click here for paper. (Listed as one of the Top 20 in the field in October 2013).

SPEAKING & OTHER MEDIA

Grief and Climate Change Podcast for “The World in Which We Occur”

In September of 2015, Ashlee participated in a phone-in conference discussion on Grief and Climate Change as part of an initiative, The World in Which We Occur. 

The Mental Health Impacts of Ecological Grief in a Changing Climate

Watch Ashlee’s talk at the ASI 2016 on the ways in which ecological grief manifests within a changing climate in the North.