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Invisible mental health crisis after natural disasters: Over 80% affected since 2019

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80% of Australians faced a climate disaster since 2019, over half of them reported mental health impacts. Read the survey by Climate Council & support requested.
Invisible mental health crisis after natural disasters: Over 80% affected since 2019

Some Australian communities are said to be experiencing an “invisible mental health crisis” after facing recent climate disasters, according to a national survey in a report from the Climate Council.

 

It found the majority of Australians have experienced a climate disaster since 2019, with over half of these people encountering mental health impacts due to the disaster.

The context

The survey, conducted by polling company YouGov, asked over 2,000 Australians about their experiences of climate change in the last four years, and the impacts they’ve had on their lives.

 

80% of respondents had experienced a climate disaster since 2019.

Mental health

The survey, conducted by polling company YouGov, asked over 2,000 Australians about their experiences of climate change in the last four years, and the impacts they’ve had on their lives.

 

80% of respondents had experienced a climate disaster since 2019.

Support request

Respondents to a separate survey by the Climate Council and Beyond Blue asked Australians affected by climate disasters what immediate support they needed.

Responses included assurances from governments that they’re doing all they can to mitigate climate disasters, and stronger mental health and relief support.

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