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Eleventh Hour: Mainstreaming post-disaster mental health interventions in the Philippines

Surviving climate-related disasters is not just physically draining. It is a mental and emotional labor. With Typhoon Odette leaving unprecedented destruction in our communities, the government must expedite the mainstreaming of psychosocial services into our current disaster risk reduction and management plans.

This was highlighted by Pinoy Climate Reality Leader Ruzzel Morales, one of our Youth Coordinatros, in our Manila Bulletin column Eleventh Hour.

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New study on climate anxiety: 8 out of 10 young people worried about climate change

Eight out of ten children and young people across the world are worried that climate change is threatening people and the planet.

Forty-five percent globally reported that their feelings towards the prevailing climate crisis are having negative impacts on daily functioning, which include eating, concentrating, work, school, sleeping, spending time in nature, playing, having fun, and dealing with relationships.

In the Philippines, this number went up to a worrying 75 percent, with the report recognizing that young people in the Global South are experiencing more severe climate anxiety—which is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as “a chronic fear of environmental doom.”

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