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Minnesota mental health professionals say climate concerns driving patients to depression

More than half of Minnesota’s mental health professionals report seeing anxiety, depression and chronic psychological distress related to climate concerns among their patients, according to a study by researchers at the University of Minnesota.

Most concerning, more than one-fifth of the surveyed mental health professionals  reported “sometimes” or “often” observing signs of suicidal ideation or attempts linked to climate anxiety.

“I work mainly with adolescents — who often express a sense of hopelessness about their future due to the overwhelming and seemingly ‘unfixable’ climate crisis,” one professional said.

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