‘Seeing with Empty Eyes’: a systems approach to understand climate change and mental health in Bangladesh

Hayward, Gemma and Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja, (2021). ‘Seeing with Empty Eyes’: a systems approach to understand climate change and mental health in Bangladesh. Climatic Change, 165(29), 1-30

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    Author Hayward, Gemma
    Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja
    Title ‘Seeing with Empty Eyes’: a systems approach to understand climate change and mental health in Bangladesh
    Appearing in Climatic Change
    Volume 165
    Issue No. 29
    Publication Date 2021-03-25
    Place of Publication Cham
    Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG
    Start page 1
    End page 30
    Language eng
    Abstract Bangladesh’s unique climate vulnerability is well-investigated but the mental health impacts of climate change remain relatively unexplored. Three databases were searched for English primary qualitative studies published between 2000 and 2020. Out of 1202 publications, 40 met the inclusion criteria. This systematic review applies a systems approach to further understand Bangladesh’s‘ climate-wellbeing’ network. The literature indicates diverse factors linking environmental stress and mental ill-health including four key themes: (1) post-hazard mental health risks, (2) human (im)mobility, (3) social tension and conflict, and (4) livelihood loss and economic hardship. This systems analysis also revealed that people’s mental wellbeing is strongly mediated by socio-economic status and gender. The article illustrates how multiple pathways may amplify stress, anxiety, violence, and psychological damage. Greater recognition of the ‘climate-wellbeing’ connections, and incorporation of mental health in current climate action and policy frameworks, will be an effective way to achieve a more sustainable future.
    UNBIS Thesaurus BANGLADESH
    CLIMATE CHANGE
    MENTAL HEALTH
    SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
    Keyword Sustainable wellbeing
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.1007/s10584-021-03053-9
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