The hidden burden of pandemics, climate change and migration on mental health

Published in UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) thematic series on health, 2020

Recommended citation: Parks RM*, Thalheimer L*. (2020). The hidden burden of pandemics, climate change and migration on mental health,https://environmentalmigration.iom.int/covid-19-pandemic-migration-and-environmentUN International Organization for Migration (IOM) thematic series on health https://environmentalmigration.iom.int/blogs/hidden-burden-pandemics-climate-change-and-migration-mental-health

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Background: Preserving and improving mental health is one of the world’s great challenges. In 2016, mental and substance use disorders affected more than 1 billion people worldwide, and made up 7% of all the global burden of disease. In the United States, in 2016, depression ranked 9th and 4th for males and females respectively among the top causes of premature death, with anxiety also 7th for females.