Climate change is causing suicides and self-harm, says report

REGIONAL Australia is bearing the brunt of a changing climate, which is exacting a human cost in poorer mental health, a report says.

Rates of depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress and substance abuse were known to increase among those affected by extreme weather events, according to the Climate Institute report released today.

Up to one-in-five would suffer an emotional injury, the report said, while a drought-focused study in rural NSW found self-harm and suicide rose by up to 8%.

“Climate change is emerging as a major threat to mental health, with the trauma of extreme weather events