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Mental Health in a Changing Climate: The Effects on Youth, Women and Newcomers

With support from the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network and the Ivey Foundation, the Greenbelt Foundation and the Alliance for Healthier Communities explore the effects of climate change on youth, women and newcomers.

Researcher Catherine Macdonald from Alliance for Healthier Communities and Katie Hayes, PhD candidate at University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health examine the impacts of climate change on the physical and mental well-being of youth, women and newcomers - groups most often at risk of facing barriers to care - and local support options and programs in and around the Greenbelt region.

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Climate Change & Mental Health

Looking for a quick reference for outlining risks and opportunities to improve mental health outcomes related to climate change?

We've taken a few lessons from the experts and captured them in these approachable guides: 

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In a Changing Climate Series:


Mental Health In a Changing Climate

For this the instalment in the series, Catherine Macdonald of the Alliance for Healthier Communities, and Katie Hayes - a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health - discuss the mental health impacts which climate change can create. Find out more:

Biodiversity In a Changing Climate

For this instalment in the series, Antonia Guidotti, Mary Burridge and Mark Peck of the Royal Ontario Museum explore how a changing climate is impacting biodiversity, and what we can do about it. Find out more:

Hockey In a Changing Climate

For this instalment in the series, Robert McLeman of Rink Watch and Wilfrid Laurier University explores how a changing climate is impacting backyard hockey, and what we can do about it. Find out more:

Health In a Changing Climate

For this instalment in the series, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit explores how a changing climate is impacting our health, and what we can do to take action. Find out more:

Birds In a Changing Climate

For this instalment in the series, Ontario Nature explores how a changing climate is impacting birds and birding, and what we can do to take action. Find out more:

Gardening In a Changing Climate

For this instalment in the series, the Royal Botanical Gardens explores how a changing climate is impacting gardening, and what you can do in your own garden to take action. Find out more:

Fresh Water In a Changing Climate

For this the instalment in the series, Joyce Chau - Executive Director of EcoSpark - discusses the multi-faceted importance of water. Find out more:

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