Climate Change and Mental Health

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Factors and Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 472

Special Issue Editors

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Program for Mind and Body in Mental Health, Research Center for Health and Welfare Technology, VIA University College, Aarhus N, 8200 Aarhus, Denmark
Interests: health psychology; mindfulness for the flourishing of children, adolescents, and adults; mindfulness for the prevention of stress, anxiety, and depression; outdoor and nature therapy; molecular biology, genetics, and epigenetics
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Department of Health, Aarhus University, Nordre Ringgade 1, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Interests: clinical psychology; psychiatry; neuroscience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change and mental health are two of the most significant and pressing challenges facing societies across the world. This Special Issue will be devoted to publishing research (call for papers) that can shed light on the multiple ways by which climate change and mental health are interrelated. This could be through, but is not limited to, a focus on marginalized communities and vulnerable populations; stress or trauma caused by rising global temperatures and sea-levels and extreme weather events; and psychological distress caused by the awareness and experiences of escalating climate threats and climate inaction.

We also welcome research on how to mitigate the negative mental health impacts of climate change, and novel evidence-based interventions promoting human and planetary resilience and wellbeing. This could be through, but is not limited to a focus on nature-based solutions and interventions or Virtual Reality (VR) solutions; accessibility to nature and green spaces (in person or through VR) for more people including vulnerable groups, complex interventions addressing climate anxiety and grief and facilitating supportive communities for climate action and mental health.

We encourage studies or commentaries on sustainable development for promoting planetary and mental health, including the role of inner dimensions and transformation in sustainability, and the relationships between climate change awareness, life style changes, and civic engagement in promoting both planetary and human thriving and wellbeing. We encourage studies around social justice related to climate change and mental health, including socially-just transitions to climate resilience in order to reduce the vulnerability of people and communities to climate change impacts through both nature-based- and VR solutions.

The Special Issue encourages the submission of original articles based on both quantitative or qualitative data or mixed methods, and methodological papers, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, position papers, short communications and commentaries. All manuscripts will follow standard journal peer-review practices, and those accepted for publication will appear in the Special Issue on "Climate Change and Mental Health". We look forward to receiving your contributions to the Special Issue.

Dr. Jesper Dahlgaard
Dr. Anne Maj Van der Velden
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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