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Psychiatry, Our Climate Crisis and Mental Health
Episode 928th August 2023 • The Wild Minds Podcast • The Outdoor Teacher
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Season 2, Episode 9:

My guest today on The Wild Minds Podcast is Dr Alan Kellas MBBS BA MRCPsych

Alan trained in medicine and qualified in 1981, worked in General Practice in the NHS, lectured at Bristol University Department of Psychiatry, and was a community NHS Consultant Psychiatrist from 1998 – 2013.

He has been a member of the sustainability committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, nationally, from its origins in 2014, as Green care and Nature Matters rep, until 2022.

He helped set up the Eco-CAMHS faculty group and Nature Matters networks in RCPsych and was an active part of the core advisory team developing the College response to the Climate and Nature crisis, whose position statement was released in May 2021.

Read the statement here

The key message of this statement include:

Climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss:

• have created a health crisis and it is imperative that psychiatrists are informed about it and actively engaged in these issues.

• are interconnected factors which individually and collectively have a profoundly destructive impact on human and planetary health. Our actions and their impacts will be inherited by the generations to come.

• have particular implications for mental health and disproportionately affect vulnerable groups, including persons with pre-existing mental illness and children.

In this episode Marina and Alan talk about:

• What is Psychiatry?

• How Nature supports our Psychology

• The link between the Climate Crisis and Mental Health

• How the natural world plays an essential part in our development

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Music by Geoff Robb:

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