Our children face “pretraumatic stress” from worries about climate change

Our children face “pretraumatic stress” from worries about climate change

The scientific consensus is overwhelming: serious harms related to anthropogenic climate change will increase in intensity and frequency for years to come (https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/). This century, resulting resource scarcity, geopolitical upheaval, and humanitarian crises will render parts of the world uninhabitable. Without meaningful action our children face an increasing toll of physical and psychological injury.

Today’s floods, storms, droughts, heat waves, wildfires, and pandemics related to climate change traumatize us. But trauma can also arise from fears of future threats, giving rise to “pre-traumatic stress.”

Angry, terrified, and in despair…

Suicide rate increases when natural disasters occur: Study

A study that examined the impact of 281 natural disasters on suicide rates during a 12-year span has said suicide rates increase when natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes occur.

According to researchers, including the University of Delaware’s Jennifer Horney, founding director of the epidemiology programme in the College of Health Sciences, disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes are occurring with increasing frequency and severity across the globe.

In addition to impacting local communities, infrastructure and the economy, these disasters also can lead to severe emotional distress and anxiety for those living in their paths.

They looked at disaster declaration data and found overall suicide rates increased by 23 per cent when compared with rates before and after the disaster.

Suicide rates increased for all types of disasters—including severe storms, floods, hurricanes and ice storms—with the largest overall increase occurring two years after a disaster, according to an article published in The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention…

10 Habits Of Resilient Employees And How Company Leaders Can Support Them

When employees and employers have mutual trust and support, resilience is inevitable, and both … [+] Image: GETTY

It’s not accidental that some companies have higher employee engagement, morale and productivity and lower absenteeism, burnout and turnover. What are they doing that separates them from organizations lagging behind? They make employee resilience and well-being top priority. But there’s an irony to this story. By putting employee self-care at the top of the list, top-notch companies automatically boost the organization’s bottom line…

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