Climate crisis poses lethal threat to mental health
The climate crisis poses a lethal threat to people with mental health conditions, with rising temperatures linked to increased suicide attempts and mental health-related emergency visits. During a 2021 heat wave in British Columbia, 8% of heat-related deaths were individuals with schizophrenia. Medications for mental health conditions can exacerbate vulnerability to extreme heat. Protecting vulnerable individuals involves staying cool, hydrated, and seeking support. Addressing the climate crisis and expanding cooling centers are crucial.