Extreme weather events are becoming more common and so are the mental health consequences that can result from them for this vulnerable part of the population. Join us and Dr. Jennifer Barkin back in person at Manuel’s Tavern for National Mental Health Awareness Month and this important topic.
The goal of this presentation is to familiarize the audience with the mental health consequences of extreme weather events (EWEs) on maternal child mental health. Specifically, we hope to provide some answers to this question: What types of psychological symptoms have been observed in populations of pregnant/postpartum women and children who have been exposed to EWEs? As EWEs become more frequent and severe, more women of childbearing age and children will be impacted (in addition to various other groups). Given the vulnerability of the perinatal period, and the importance of early maternal-child bonding to child development, we examine the impacts of the climate crisis on both mothers and children.