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NYT article discusses climate change’s effect on mental health in coastal Labrador

Rigolet is an Inuit community located on the north coast of Labrador. - Google Maps
Rigolet is an Inuit community located on the north coast of Labrador. - Google Maps

The impact of climate change on the Labrador village of Rigolet is the focus of a feature published by the New York Times this week.

Written by Livia Albeck-Ripka, the article is titled “Why Lost Ice Means Lost Hope for an Inuit Village.”

It discusses how climate change has affected people in the isolated community, focusing in particular on the mental health toll.

According to the story, hundred of interviews conducted across five indigenous communities in Labrador's Nunatsiavut region, Rigolet amongst them, revealed melted ice, shorter winters and unpredictable weather are causing people living in the area to feel trapped, stressed and depressed.

The interviews were conducted by a team lead by Ashlee Cunsolo, a public health researcher and director of the Labrador Institute of Memorial University, between 2009 and 2014.

“Experts say that while the stress wrought by climate change may not, on its own, cause mental health problems, it can rekindle past trauma, worsening existing issues with substance abuse, depression and suicide,” Albeck-Ripka writes.

Read the full feature story on the New York Times website.

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