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Natural Disasters taking toll on Australian's mental health

Frequent and intense natural disasters are profoundly affecting the mental health of Australians according to a new poll conducted by the Climate Council and supported by Beyond Blue.

The survey of 2,032 Australians found that since 2019, 80% of those polled reported experiencing at least one heatwave, flooding, bushfire, drought, cyclone or a destructive storm. Half of those surveyed said their mental health had been negatively affected by extreme weather events, and one in five reported a major or moderate impact on their mental health. Meanwhile, more than one-third -- 37% -- said there was too little mental health support available to them, posing a growing threat nationally as climate impacts continue to grow. 

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