Climate Change and Disaster Mental Health
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Medical Student: $0.00
Resident Fellow Member: $10.00
Credit Offered
No Credit Offered

Climate change is a global challenge which is affecting the civilizations across the world. Not only it is expected to affect physical health, it is also likely to affect mental health. This activity will discuss the overview of the problem and its impact on mental health. It will also review the ways to address the mental health issues consequent to climate-related disasters.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the relationship between a changing climate and disaster mental health
  • Describe the impact of climate-related disasters on vulnerable populations
  • Discuss mental health interventions following disaster
  • Identify ways to prepare providers and patients for climate-related disaster events

Target Audience


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 Hour
Program Release: December 2020
Program End: December 1, 2023

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple-choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 The APA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Joshua Morganstein, MD, Associate Professor, Assistant Chair of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Robin Cooper, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Voluntary Faculty, Langley Porter Institute, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco; Private Practice of Psychiatry, San Francisco. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Ranna Parekh, MD, Director of Division Diversity and Health Equity, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Sejal Patel, Senior Program Manager, Division of Diversity and Health Equity, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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