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Mental Health Experts Pressured To Join The Ranks Of Climate Change Activists

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Mental health professionals are being encouraged to become climate change activists, with one psychiatrist saying her colleagues have a moral obligation to do so that’s on par with reporting child abuse.

A 69-page guide put out by the American Psychological Association (APA) and environmental group ecoAmerica urged mental health professionals to “mobilize climate change discussions” and “bring awareness to the interdependent relation of climate change and mental health.”

“They have the opportunity to help guide our communities on a path of progress through clean, healthy climate solutions,” reads the report, which the APA says is meant to help mental health professionals deal with so-called “climate anxiety.”

One psychiatrist went even further, arguing those in the mental health profession have a moral obligation to become climate activists that’s on par with combating child abuse. (RELATED: Trump’s Waging An Uphill Battle Against The Regulatory Deep State. Here’s Who Is Winning)

“Mental health professionals are required in all 50 states to report child abuse,” Lise Van Susteren, a D.C.-based psychiatrist and environmental activist, wrote in an essay featured in the report.

“It is a legal obligation, but it is also a moral one. Is it any less a moral obligation to report that we are about to hand over a destroyed planet for generations to come?” Van Susteren wrote.

While not used in the report, the term “climate anxiety” has been used in the media to describe the supposed psychological toll of worrying about global warming. News stories on “climate anxiety” — also called “climate grief” — detail college students crying about dying coral reefs or people holding a “climate change depression” sessions.

More notably, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “young people” are questioning whether or not to have kids because of global warming

On the one hand, young people today are bombarded with alarming headlines warning of an unlivable planet because of global warming. For example, reporters for months repeated the debunked warning of only “12 years left” to save the planet.

On Monday, the United Nations made waves in warning of an imminent ecological crisis and the accelerating collapse of the natural world — the same warnings the international body made in the 1980s.

CNN claimed Tuesday that higher temperatures “have led to more suicides and increased psychiatric hospitalization and have hurt our sleep,” before going on to tie “climate anxiety” to President Donald Trump’s election.

“With the Trump election, the change in my students, the sense of grief and fear and paralysis in the room, became palpable,” Wendy Petersen Boring, a gender studies professor at Willamette University, told CNN.

Now, the APA wants psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to become climate activists. It’s a similar strategy taken by the Obama administration when it asked medical doctors to “raise awareness” about global warming.

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