When people talk about the impact of climate change mental health rarely gets a mention. Yet there is a growing body of evidence showing a clear link between extreme weather events and increased mental illness.

The issue

Countries in South Asia are already under serious threat from a rise in sea levels and an increase in extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, cyclones, storms and unpredictable monsoons. South Asia is also projected to be one of the world’s regions most affected by continuing climate change.

The impact

When extreme weather strikes it can have a devastating impact on the lives of people in South Asia. This is because if crops yields are affected, people can lose a valuable source of income and food.

The solution

It’s critical people affected by climate change have much better access to mental health support and services. Something we are trying to achieve through our work with local partners.