Challenges affecting our planet also affect our minds, communities and healthcare systems
We are a team of researchers, designers, policy-makers and educators aiming to understand and support mental health in the current climate and ecological crises. Our vision is for individuals, communities and healthcare systems to have the knowledge, tools, and resources to become resilient to the mental health impacts of climate change.
"Climate change is an underappreciated mental health emergency. This is a technical, social, and emotional issue."
Professor David Nabarro, IGHI Co-Director
Achieving our vision: our key areas of work
We are building a global evidence base to understand how the climate crisis, and awareness of it, can influence our mental health. We are also working to understand who is being affected, and the mutual benefits of climate action.
Read our pre-print publication which explores how the dual crises of climate change and mental health are impacting the wellbeing of young people in the UK. Click here to access the pre-print in The Lancet.
Read our pre-print publication that conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the relationship between ambient temperature and mental health. Click here to access the pre-print in The Lancet.
We're working to make the evidence base of the hidden costs of climate change on mental health and multiple benefits of climate action more accessible to a number of audiences, and equip them with the education and training which can support them to act.
Our briefing paper, 'The impact of climate change on mental health and emotional wellbeing: current evidence and implications for policy and practice', highlights a series of win-win opportunities for improving mental health and emotional wellbeing associated with taking actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a warming climate.
Together with affected individuals, we will design, evaluate and scale evidence-based practices that support the mental health of vulnerable people and communities so they can become resilient in times of crisis. These co-designed spaces will enable people to reflect, learn effective coping strategies, connect with others, and understand their role in creating impactful action.
We're trialling a new co-designed intervention, a free 'eco-emotion' journal we've developed with young people to help them understand, process and respond to their emotions about the environment.
How does climate change affect our mental health?
There is growing evidence that climate change can have direct and indirect effects on mental health. In this video, we explore some of these impacts, and how we can develop win-win solutions to tackle them together. Find out how our team is committed to better understanding this complex relationship and creating evidence-based ways to address it.
Bringing together a range of expertise across Imperial College London
Climate Cares is a collaboration between the Institute of Global Health Innovation and the Grantham Institute – two of Imperial College London’s seven Global Institutes established to promote inter-disciplinary working and to meet some of the greatest challenges faced by society.