• Description

The intention of this report is to provide an overview of the intersection of climate change and children's and youth's mental health. The report aims to offer a synopsis of both impacts and responses, translating peer-reviewed research, agency reports, and other primary sources to help empower a wider audience with useful insights and guidance. It is intended for health and mental health professionals and institutions, climate and children's advocates and advocacy organizations, policymakers, youth, parents, educators, and other organizations or people interested in the topic. It is worth noting that there is a large body of literature in this field, particularly regarding child development, that goes beyond the scope of this report. While we dive into the impacts of climate change on children's and youth's mental health and describe potential responses, it's also important to acknowledge that the topic is complex, and more research needs to be done to fully understand this critical issue. The report's primary focus is the United States, but many findings will be relevant to other areas of the world. We hope this report adds to the work being done to bridge the gap between climate change and children's and youth's mental health and well-being, fostering a broader understanding and motivation to act.