A review of mental health and wellbeing under climate change in small island developing states (SIDS)

Kelman, Ilan, Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja, Rose-Clarke, Kelly, Prost, Audrey, Ronneberg, Espen, Wheeler, Nicola and Watts, Nicholas (2021) A review of mental health and wellbeing under climate change in small island developing states (SIDS). Environmental Research Letters. ISSN 1748-9326

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Small island developing states (SIDS) are often at the forefront of climate change impacts, including those related to health, but information on mental health and wellbeing is typically underreported. To help address this research lacuna, this paper reviews research about mental health and wellbeing under climate change in SIDS. Due to major differences in the literature's methodologies, results, and analyses, the method is an overview and qualitative evidence synthesis of peer-reviewed publications. The findings show that mental health and wellbeing in the context of climate change have yet to feature prominently and systematically in research covering SIDS. It seems likely that major adverse mental health and wellbeing impacts linked to climate change impacts will affect SIDS peoples. Similar outcomes might also emerge when discussing climate change related situations, scenarios, and responses, irrespective of what has actually happened thus far due to climate change. In the context of inadequate health systems and stigmatisation of mental health diagnoses and treatments, as tends to occur globally, climate change narratives might present an opening for conversations about addressing mental health and wellbeing issues for SIDS.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: wellbeing, climate change, immobility, islands, migration, mental health adaptation
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2021 07:59
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 08:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/97174

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