Environment and Health Seminar Series: The Impacts of Climate Change on Mental Health and Well-being with Katie Hayes

When and Where

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm


Dr. Katie Hayes


About the Seminar

In this session, the audience will have an opportunity to learn from the latest findings on the impacts of climate change to mental health in Canada. Dr. Hayes will present research published in the 2022 Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate Report. In this session, Dr. Hayes will:

  • Summarize how disasters resulting from climate change impact the mental health of a population.
  • Give examples of the inequitable burden of climate related mental health disorders.
  • Outline approaches to surveillance and monitoring of the mental health effects of climate change.
  • Comment on the mental health effects of climate-related displacement.
  • Explain how to navigate new climate and mental health terminology.
  • Outline some of the targeted interventions to support mental health and well-being.

Join us for this interactive session where the audience will have an opportunity to engage in a lively discussion on climate change impacts to mental health and how to support psychosocial resilience.

About the Speaker

Katie Hayes is senior policy analyst at Health Canada’s Climate Change and Innovation Bureau where she leads the international file. She is also the lead author for the mental health and climate change chapter for the National Climate Change and Health Assessment report led by Health Canada. She completed her PhD at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (UofT) where she explored the mental health consequences of climate change, with a specific focus on addressing the inequitable risks and impacts on marginalized groups.


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