The USDA Southwest Climate Hub and DOE Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center hosted a “Come or Rain or Shine” podcast on April 7, 2021 on the topic of “Drought Impacts on Mental Health.” Dr. Shasta Gaughen, administrator of the Tribal Climate Health Project TCHP), was asked to discuss how drought has impacted Tribal Nations in an arid region like the Pala Reservation and throughout the country. We welcome you to listen to her insights on what TCHP has learned about the varied way that mental, cultural, spiritual and psychosocial wellbeing is affected by ecosystem changes associated with drought.
Resources mentioned in the podcast:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA) 1-800-273-8255. Available 24/7
Crisis Text Line: text ‘HOME’ to 741741 in the USA & Canada; UK: text 85258; Ireland: text 50808. Available 24/7
Farm Aid: 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243). Available Monday through Friday, 6am-7pm Pacific Standard Time.
Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Project (WRASASP): https://farmstress.us/
Washington State University Water Irrigation Systems Efficiency Program: https://extension.wsu.edu/skagit/wsu-wise/
Tribal Climate Health Project: http://tribalclimatehealth.org/
When Every Drop Counts, a guidance document for public health officials.