Mental Health & Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications and Practices

March 12th, 11AM – 12:30PM (PST)

Although often unseen, and less prominent in headlines, climate change has both direct and indirect implications for our mental health and well-being. Some of us are impacted by the stress and anxiety of living in communities impacted by slow and steady climate changes. Others are impacted directly by the trauma of climate related disasters such as wildfires, flooding, extreme weather and heatwaves. Many of us face an existential crisis about the future of the planet. And as practitioners, community members and changemakers, we are seeking ways to build personal and community resilience as we work towards transformational change.

Join the Fraser Basin Council, SHIFT Collaborative, the BC Climate and Health Network, and our panelists for an engaging discussion that will: 

  • FRAME & DISCUSS the psychological impacts of climate change on human mental health and well-being;
  • EXPLORE examples of how some organizations and communities are working with the psychological dimensions of climate change in emergency response, adaptation and capacity building;
  • REFLECT on practices and tools that practitioners can use to intentionally work with the mental health dimensions climate change.

Register now to save your spot. Watch the recording from March 12th.


Dr. RenÉE Lertzman

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Renée Lertzman is a researcher, educator and eco-engagement strategist who uses psychological insights to change our approach to the environmental crisis. Applying her training as a psychosocial researcher specializing in deep human insights, she uses frameworks and methods that empower people to take action and create impact on climate and sustainability issues. She works with companies and organizations looking to strengthen climate and sustainability initiatives, develop more effective campaigns, and harness the creativity and innovation needed to solve big problems.

Dr. Emily Dicken

Headshot of Dr. Emily Dicken with salmon art sculptures behind her.

Dr. Emily Dicken has worked as a practitioner in the field of emergency management since 2006 and has held various positions with the province of BC working in health emergency management and then for Emergency Management BC as well as with First Nations Health Authority. Now in the role of Director with North Shore Emergency Management (NSEM), Emily works directly for the communities of West Vancouver and North Vancouver to support disaster response and resilience building initiatives. Beyond her work at NSEM, Emily pursues academic interests with a central focus on understanding colonialism as an unnatural and enduring disaster impacting Indigenous communities. When not working, Emily can be found enjoying time in the outdoors with her husband Jeff and their two young sons, Keegan and Bowen. 

Judy Wu

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Judy is a current Master of Public Health (MPH) student at the School at Population and Public Health (SPPH) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Judy has a strong passion for mental health advocacy and improvement of mental health support. During her MPH degree, she has been able to combine her interests in climate action and mental health together and has researched the health effects of climate- and eco-anxiety on young people.  As a Sustainability Scholar through the UBC Sustainability program Judy has been researching methods that address climate- and eco-anxiety within individuals, group settings, and among the communities.  Following the webinar, Judy’s work will be available in the form of two reports, to be released by the UBC Sustainability program later in the year.

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