Managing Climate /Eco Anxiety
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Global warming is happening and it’s understandably worrying. We are also becoming more aware of the psychological impact that climate change can have. It's hard to watch the news, scroll through Instagram or listen to the radio without hearing or seeing something related to climate change. We recognise the impact of climate change on the earth but we are also becoming increasingly aware of its psychological impact too. What do we do when it becomes more than worry?
Climate anxiety (or ‘Eco-anxiety’) can be a crippling worry that results in panic attacks, depression and insomnia. This can leave you feeling overwhelmed, hopeless and paralysed, which stops you from taking action to help combat climate change.
Click the link below to hear Dr Patrick Kennedy-Williams discussing climate anxiety on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours Programme.
This is our passion project. We are committed to helping people overcome climate anxiety and move into positive action. We offer support in groups, parent workshops and to individuals.
We are here to help.
We provide support for individuals and groups in overcoming climate anxiety. This may involve:
Overcoming anxiety or depression related to climate change
Identifying goals in order to have an impact
Challenging feeling overwhelmed and that climate change is too big for you to make a difference
Keeping focussed on solutions
Processing thoughts and ideas around climate change that are negatively impacting you
Taking action (small and large) to affect climate change
Support if you have been directly impacted upon by the consequences of climate change (floods, natural disasters etc).
We offer workshops and private support for parents who are looking for help talking to their kids about climate change:
It is important to recognise that our children are living this too. They are discussing the climate on the playground and in the classroom, and may silently be struggling with the stress and worry it can provoke. They have a lot of information, which is no bad thing. However, a lot of their understanding may be inaccurate, and they may not have a sense that small changes can make a big difference.
Having open, well-informed, but contained conversations with your children about climate change and its effects will help to create a space so that they are not paralysed by fear and disempowerment but instead can be enthused by motivation and optimism. Teaching children resilience and creativity in a time of uncertainty is an important, if not essential, life-skill in the context of climate change.
If you work for a non-profit or are organising action against climate change, we will waive or significantly decrease fees. Any paid work we do in relation to climate change is to fund our ability to keep developing these resources and delivering them for little or no cost.