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"It's Time to De-privative Mental Health"

This is my next Psychology Today article. With global temperatures now having breached the 2.7 F (1.5 C) extreme danger threshold, it describes the urgent need to swiftly expand beyond individualized services to prioritize using a public health approach in communities to help everyone prevent and heal social, psychological, emotional and behavioral struggles. The article can be found here: https://lnkd.in/g2vbSZAd To see previous and receive my future Psychology Today articles sign up on...

ITRC Coordinator Bob Doppelt's Second Psychology Today Article Now Available

My second Psychology Today article--"Climate Anxiety in Make Believe and Real Time"--was published today. It describes how society's sad response to the global climate-ecosystem-biodiversity catastrophe mirrors that story told in the movie "Don't Look Up." It then describes how one result of our failure to act is that both youth and adults, including my wife and I, suffer from "climate anxiety." The article goes on to discuss how we can overcome climate anxiety by establishing the social...

Psychology Today Articles on Need to Use Public Health Approach in Communities to Prevent and Heal Climate Traumas

ITRC Coordinator Bob Doppelt will not be writing a regular monthly column for Psychology Today . They will focus on different aspects involved with using a public health approach in communities to prevent and heal the mental health and psychosocial problems generated by accelerating climate related toxic stresses, emergencies, and disasters. His first article can be found here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/community-is-medicine/202401/communities-are-medicine

Extreme Heat Affects Early Childhood Development and Health [developingchild.harvard.edu]

Personal experience, common sense, and science confirm that temperatures are rising globally. Heat waves are occurring with greater frequency and lasting longer than ever before. According to the World Meteorological Organization , 2023 is believed to have been the hottest year on record. Humans have successfully adapted to a wide range of climates, but there are limits to our tolerance and climatic conditions beyond which our bodies cannot cool themselves sufficiently. While the dangers of...

To learn about a public health approach to mental wellness and resilience for the climate crisis listen to short interview with me by the Authors Show

If you want to learn about the most effective way to prevent and heal the pervasive mental health and psychosocial problems generated by the global climate emergency, listen to Don McCauley's interview with me for The Authors Show about my new book Preventing and Healing Climate Traumas: A Guide for Building Resilience and Hope in Communities (Routledge Publishing). The interview will run for the next 3 days on the Authors Show website and can found by scrolling down and hitting the link...

Applications Now Open to Attend the ITRC 2024 "Community of Practice"

Applications are not open to participate in the 2024 ITRC Community of Practice (CoP) on organizing and facilitating “Resilience Coordinating Networks” in communities that build population mental wellness and resilience for the climate crisis. This will be the fourth year we have offered a CoP. If it is like the previous three, people from throughout the US, Canada, the EU and UK are likely to participate. The 10 week CoP begins on Feb. 13 and is free to approved participants. CE Credits are...

Reminder: the ITRC Webinar on "Community is Medicine" is Just Two Weeks Away

This webinar will describe the urgent need, methods, and many benefits of using a public health approach in communities to build population mental wellness and resilience for the climate emergency. To Register for the Webinar Go To: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZNlBUkzMVKD8nbwZYVUyCTpxeE8DItzJvMcpifv1G1… Rising global temperatures are increasingly stressing everyone due to cascading disruptions to the ecological, economic, and social systems people rely on for food, water, shelter, jobs,...

Creating Positive Childhood Environmental Experiences in the Classroom

Back to School with PACEs Connection: Creating Positive Childhood Environmental Experiences in the Classroom Every aspect of someone’s environment will impact how they live, learn, play, and grow. Those under the age of 18 in traditional learning models will spend the majority of their time in a school setting, where the environment itself lays the foundation for their development. Creating positive childhood experiences in schools and the classroom has a profound impact on students'...

A Northern California tribe works to protect traditions in a warming world (npr.org)

Fallen tree trunks and branches cover a road during the Oak Fire near Midpines, northeast of Mariposa, Calif., on July 23, 2022. David McNew/AFP via Getty Images To read more of Chloe Veltman's article, please click here. The Oak Fire, which burned roughly 20,000 acres west of Yosemite National Park last summer, was devastating to the area's Indigenous tribes — including the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation . The tribe is headquartered in Mariposa, California, a small town in the Sierra Nevada...

Call to Action & Toolkit: Urge Congress to Support Trauma-Informed Legislation

It’s time to take action and make our voices heard to build healthy, resilient communities! The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) is organizing trauma-informed advocates, activists, and stakeholders to urge their U.S. Senators and Representatives to support two bipartisan, bicameral bills that would significantly help prevent, address, and mitigate the negative impacts of trauma through community-based/led initiatives.

Reminder The virtual Congressional Briefing the Community Mental Wellness and Resilience Act is this Thursday, Sept 21, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm ET (9-10:30 am PT)

Over 1,300 people have registered for Thursday's briefing! They include federal, state, and local elected officials and staff, as well as people from the civic, non-profit, and private sectors from numerous fields from almost every state in the US. Please register for the Zoom meeting here .

Thousands march in New York to demand that Biden 'end fossil fuels' (npr.org)

Thousands of activists, indigenous groups, students and others take to the streets of New York for the March to End Fossil Fuels protest on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023 in New York. Spencer Platt/Getty Images To read more of Rachel Waldholz' article, please click here. This time, protesters are marching with a specific message for President Biden: it's time for the U.S. to move away from oil and gas. "[This] march is piercingly clear about what needs to be done to actually solve climate," said...

Judge sides with youth in Montana climate change trial, finds two laws unconstitutional [dailymontanan.com]

Eleven of the 16 youth plaintiffs in the Held v. Montana case pose for a photo after Day 5 of the trial on Friday, June 16, 2023. Top row (left to right): Lander Busse, Badge Busse, Grace, Rikki Held, Olivia. Bottom row (left to right): Kian, Mica, Claire, Eva, Taleah, Sariel. (Photo by Blair Miller, Daily Montanan) By Blair Miller, Daily Montanan, August 14, 2023 The State of Montana’s failure to consider greenhouse gas emissions from energy and mining projects violates the state...

Research reveals how discriminatory policies like redlining have made many communities more vulnerable to the harms of climate change. Fortunately, solutions exist. [rwjf.org]

By Vivek Shandas, Illustration: from article, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 3, 2023 I will never forget late June 2021 in Portland—not because it was filled with family time, trips to the Pacific coast or even because of the pandemic—but because of the extreme heat beating down on the region. A “ heat dome ” trapped hot air over my home state of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, killing almost 1,000 people as temperatures soared to a whopping 120° F. Scientists have found that this...

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