Do the daily climate change headlines make you feel stressed, afraid or powerless? If so, you’re not alone. A growing number of people report feelings of loss, grief, worry and despair amid news that climate change is making natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires worse and more common, that polar ice is melting faster than we thought, and that we have little more than a decade to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change. EcoWatch—JULY 9, 2019 READ MORE

Worrying about climate change has an adverse effect on our health and addressing this has to be part of the fight. (Shutterstock)

Rising eco-anxiety means we should address mental health alongside food security

The Conversation, JANUARY 9, 2020—Eco-anxiety, worrying about environmental breakdown, is on the rise. But people are increasingly refusing to live in a powerless state of fear. As a result, climate anxiety has sparked mass movements across the world. We need to reframe eco-anxiety as a catalyst for social action—emphasizing practical hope in the midst of human tragedy, social collapse, existential threats, and climate catastrophe. READ MORE

‘Fridays for Future’ demonstration in Berlin, March 29 2019. FELIPE TRUEBA/EPA-EFE

I’m a psychotherapist – here’s what I’ve learned from listening to children talk about climate change

The Conversation, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019—Talking with children gives a fresh perspective on the absurdity of doing so little about climate change, but it also exposes a troubling disconnect between what we say and what we do. Already, studies have found that 45% of children suffer lasting depression after surviving extreme weather and natural disasters. READ MORE

Do you have climate change anxiety?

BBC Ideas, AUGUST 20, 2019—Psychologists report a rise in people suffering from climate change anxiety or eco-anxiety. What’s it like? And what can you do to cope? This video was made by BBC Northern Ireland. WATCH NOW

Is Climate Change Our Next Mental Health Crisis?

Psychology Today, May 01, 2019—Stress, anxiety, depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. These are the potential mental health effects of climate change. Six in ten Americans are now either Alarmed or Concerned and the numbers keep growing—those who are Alarmed doubled since 2013 and grew 8 points since March of 2018. READ MORE

Two young people walking to bring awareness to the connection between our planet's health and mental health issues

Sole Freedom—Canyon and Hannah believe climate change and mental illness are two complimentary epidemics that need to be addressed. With simple smiles, deep conversations, and sustainable living practices, they plan to make a difference across the United States! READ MORE

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