Mental Health Professionals and  Organizations: Respond to Psychological Impacts of Climate Change, Environmental Destruction and  Economic Shifting.
  • Petitioning Cirecie A. West-Olatunji

This petition will be delivered to:

President, American Counseling Association - ACA (2013-2014)
Cirecie A. West-Olatunji
President-Elect, ACA (2013-2014)
Robert L. Smith
Past-President, ACA (2013-2014)
Bradley T. Erford
ACA Executive Director
Richard Yep
Director, Division of Extramural Activities, NIMH, NIH
Jane A. Steinberg, Ph.D.
Director, National Institute of Mental Health
Dr Thomas Insel

Mental Health Professionals and Organizations: Respond to Psychological Impacts of Climate Change, Environmental Destruction and Economic Shifting.

    1. Petition by

      Therapist's Council for Environmental and Economic Consciousness ~

An Open Letter to Mental Health Care Professionals, Workers and Organizations

Dear Colleague:

As an advocate for your clients and our profession please take this opportunity to exercise your influence and add your voice to the chorus calling for sanity and action to recognize climate change as the most important mental health issue we have ever faced. Please become a signatory to this open letter as one aspect of your empowerment through action.

The attached letter represents an effort by the Therapist’s Council for Environmental and Economic Consciousness to bring the psychological effects of climate change and converging issues into focus in our profession.

Sign on to this petition letter as an indication of your support for what is arguably the biggest issue of our time and, indeed, the history of humankind. 

When you sign, please use your credential initials and/or title (e.g. LMHC, LCSW, M.D., PysD, PhD, Intern, Director, Case Manager, S.A. Specialist, etc.). Comments to decision makers are welcome.

We will circulate the letter to various professional organizations, publications, governmental departments, politicians, mental health and social service agencies, social networks as appropriate.  Please forward this petition on to colleagues, networks, etc.  

For the full annoted version of the letter visit our facebook page: Therapists' Council for Environmental and Economic Consciousness.

To contact us with comment or question or get assistance in forming your own local therapist’s circle at We will not give, sell or offer your email address to anyone.

 In gratitude for this opportunity to act on behalf of Community Earth, we are

Therapist's Council for Environmental and Economic Consciousness



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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bryan Bacher ST. PETERSBURG, FL
      • 5 months ago

      I know that climate disasters and the economics suffering it can cause across a culture need all the professional community support possible.

    • Christina Bellamy CLEARWATER, FL
      • 5 months ago


    • Susan Avery HANCOCK, NY
      • 6 months ago

      There will be a growing number of people experiencing the psychological impacts of climate change. Their concern for the planet's future should not be classified as a mental illness. Instead, those who ignore what is happening to the planet should be diagnosed as mentally ill.

    • Douglas Bonar PINELLAS PARK, FL
      • 7 months ago

      I am a member of T'CeeC and proud to be taking a strong stand on this vital issue: climate change. For me, as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, it is more about change of the inner than the outer. It is more about opening up to the reality that the only problem is the illusion of separation. We are evolving into a greater understanding of ourselves as being one with our living planet, each other (in terms of equality and social justice), and the intelligence of the universe as each may know and name it. Global climate change is the opportunity (crisis) for us to evolve beyond what we have been before and enter the integral/evolutionary worldview consciousness needed to address the huge problems confronting mankind right now. As Gandhi said, we are the ones we've been waiting for. The time is NOW. We are so blessed.

    • Delphine Brody SACRAMENTO, CA
      • 7 months ago

      The increasing number of disasters brought on by climate change are among the social and environmental determinants of mental health that we can no longer afford to ignore. These disasters have begun to manifest as a particularly noxious global form of environmental racism and class elitism, in which wealthy interests, governments and corporate powers of the global north duck and cover to protect their own assets while taking few or no actions to prevent or intervene in devastation of low-income communities of color and countries in the global south. Such actions exacerbate inequities and contribute to the emotional distress and traumatization of millions of people, man of whom fiind their way into mental health systems ill-prepared to address the climate change issue when it arises or to support people affected by climate change-related disasters in a trauma-sensitive or culturally responsive manner.


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