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Climate change is already a disaster for mental health

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More young people say they're struggling with anxiety and depression related to climate change. In Kansas City, one mother is pushing the environmental movement to prioritize mental health and prevent activists from burning out.

It's become clear that climate change is damaging our world. And for many people, the anxiety and grief over that change can become overwhelming. KCUR’s Alex Smith reports on how activists around Kansas City and the nation are thinking differently about mental health as they continue their fight.

Susan Clayton, a psychology professor at the College of Wooster, also joins the podcast to discuss her research into the impact of climate change on our psychological well-being.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and C.J. Janovy.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.