The broad-ranging mental health effects include increased depression and anxiety, exposure to violence, substance use and trauma. There are also far-reaching implications related to feelings of grief, helplessness and hopelessness as people struggle to remain optimistic amidst increasingly negative forecasts about the future (Zhang et al., 2021).
The climate crisis is also a threat multiplier, which means it increases health inequities for many demographic groups, including: Black populations, children and youth, Indigenous Peoples, older adults, and people experiencing poverty (Berry & Schnitter, 2022 ).
“50% of students surveyed in Ontario through OSDUHS are depressed about the future because of climate change  with other surveys showing even higher numbers.” 
These challenges might seem overwhelming, but CAMH is committed to action. Whether it involves individuals or whole systems, we believe in taking action to reduce the health risks posed by the climate crisis. Furthermore, by centering on equity, we can ensure that when we make plans to mitigate health risks, we don’t leave behind the groups who are already facing systemic adversity.