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Exploring Mental Health and the Impact of the Climate Crisis in Agricultural Communities
May 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The climate crisis and related natural disasters impact the physical health and well-being of the population. Community and individual livelihood may be damaged or altered because of property loss or damage, lack of resources, and job, housing, and food insecurity. Agricultural workers may be especially affected by climate change, taking into consideration their exposure to various environmental stressors during their workdays and intrinsic psychosocial factors of the agricultural community such as labor and social conditions. Assessing the impact of climate change on the mental health of farmers and agricultural workers is vital for regions with a higher risk of facing intense natural disasters due to climate change.
Migrant Clinicians Network is hosting a webinar to explore validated instruments related to agricultural worker health including, but not limited to, the National Agricultural Worker Health Survey (questions about mental health) and the Migrant Farm Worker Stress Inventory and other mental health assessment tools. We will also explore the use of tools related to climate change perception and impact that can be incorporated as indicators to explore the effects of stressors (e.g., evacuation, displacement, housing damage, injuries and death, job insecurity, water, and crop loss) caused by disasters related to the climate crisis.