Climate Change & Mental Health

This page brings together highlights from the various interviews, articles, reports, and other media that have featured aspects of my research related to climate change and its impacts on mental wellbeing. Click on the icons below to jump to specific sections of this page.







Climate change & 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.

Links between climate change & 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 & Inuit mental health 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…


Report featured in the Pacific Standard

In March 2018, The American Psychological Association’s report on Mental Health and our Changing Climate was featured in the Pacific Standard, in an article by Amanda Kolson Hurley. The article…

Research from Nunatsiavut featured in the NY Times

Back in January 2017, an amazing journalist, Livia Albeck-Ripka, travelled to Rigolet, Nunatsiavut to learn about the ways in which climate change is impacting Inuit lives, livelihoods, culture, and mental wellness.…

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.

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.

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.


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 & climate change

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


* indicates student publication
  1. *Middleton, J., Cunsolo, A., Jones-Bitton, A., Wright, C., and Harper S.L. (forthcoming). Indigenous mental health in a changing climate: A systematic scoping review of the global literature. Environmental Research Letters
  2. *Middleton, J., Cunsolo, A., Jones-Bitton, A., Shiwak, I., Wood, M., Pollock, N., Flowers, C., Harper, S.L. (forthcoming). ‘We’re people of the snow’: Weather, climate change, and Inuit mental wellness. Social Science and Medicine. 
  3. Cunsolo, A. and Harper, S.L. (2019). Editorial: Climate change and health: a grand challenge and a grand opportunity for health in Canada. Special Issue: Climate Change and Health. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 39(4). Click here for free access to report.
  4. Cunsolo, A. and Ellis, N. (2018). Ecological grief as a mental health response to climate change-related loss. Nature Climate Change (invited Perspective piece), 8: 275-281.
  5. *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
  6. Cunsolo Willox, A., Stephenson, E., Allen, J., Bourque, F., Drossos, A., Elgaroy, 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.
  7. 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 free access to paper.
  8. 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).
  9. 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. (Listed as one of the Top 20 in the field in October 2013). Click here for free access to paper. 


Grieving towards a better world

I’m thrilled to share my recent discussion with journalist Mary Ito, host and founder of the CRAM podcast. We talked about ecological grief in the context of planetary health, climate change, and…

Grief & 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

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