October 1, 2022
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Climate change hurting mental health of Oregon’s youth

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Hundreds of students lobby for action on climate change from local legislatures at Salem’s Global Climate Strike in September 2019 at the Oregon State Capitol. The local strike accompanied others that occurred internationally.

Increasing extreme weather events and increased awareness of the negative impacts of climate change are leading to feelings of hopelessness, despair, anxiety and frustration among the state’s young people, a new report from the Oregon Health Authority says.

The report, “Climate Change and Youth Mental Health in Oregon,” also found that youth feel dismissed by adults, and are angry that not enough is being done to protect their future.

OHA prepared the report as part of Gov. Kate Brown’s March 2020 executive order directing multiple state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

“Adults don’t always understand the fear that young people have about our futures,” Ukiah Halloran-Steiner, a 17-year-old who lives near McMinnville, told the Statesman Journal. “I know the climate crisis is scary and is impacting my own mental health and how I perceive the world.”





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