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Climate

The Climate Psychiatry committee had its inaugural meeting this November. We are, in fact, the first committee in organized psychiatry focused on climate-change mental health impacts that we are aware of. As such, our initial task will be to craft a mission statement defining climate psychiatry, followed by a detailed description of it. These descriptions will form the content for a new website, CPR.org, (Climate Psychiatry Resources), with expected launch by November of next year. We will then try to build an expanded network of psychiatrists who are concerned about climate change and its health and other impacts, titled “The Climate Psychiatry Alliance”, in order to link us to a related group in Great Britain. We hope that the members of the Climate Psychiatry group of GAP can become leaders in this alliance, but also that we can build leadership and awareness in all areas of psychiatry about the health urgencies of global warming. At the meeting, we took a survey of the attitudes of 70 GAP psychiatrists about climate change, which we will codify by the April meeting, with the goal of taking a larger and better controlled survey in the near future. At the same time, we will begin to explore the clinical ramifications of climate change for our patients. We will start with a case series, each of us contributing cases where climate concerns have played a major role in psychopathology. We then plan to explore and propose ways that talking about preventative health measures that have to do with nature and the environment do and do not form part of clinical management. Finally, we take our core mission to be raising awareness of the health impacts of climate change and the urgency of medical leadership in mitigation and preparation, and will be developing a number of slide shows on this topic for others to use.

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