If you would like some further guidance around supporting and talking to children and young people about climate change:
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
Eco distress: for parents and carers
- Yale University, School of the Environment, The Yale Centre for Environment Communication: How to talk to kids about climate change:
- Harvard University, T H Chan School of Public Health: Climate change and mental health (this article explains how climate change can impact on your child’s mental health and suggests some steps adults can take to support children in a changing climate
Report on UK adult views:
- British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) report on Mental Health impact of Climate Change with UK adults (October, 2020)
A list of 9 achievable ways adults can personally make a difference - suggestions from the climate change experts at the Grantham institute, Imperial College
Australian Psychological Association - various resources
Burke, S.E.L., Sanson, A.V., and Van Hoorn, J. (2018). The psychological effects of climate change on children, Child and Family Disaster Psychiatry, 20:35.
Clayton, S. (2020). Climate anxiety: Psychological responses to climate change, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24.
Hayes, K., Blashki, G., Wiseman, J., Burke, S, and Reifels, L. (2018). Climate change and mental health: risks, impacts and priority actions, International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 12:28.
Herbst, E. (2020). Building resilience to climate change catastrophe in children and adolescents: An urgent need, Psychiatric News, APA, https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.pn.2020.2a25
Palinkas, L.A., and Wong, M. (2020). Global climate change and mental health, Current opinion in Psychology, 32, 12-16.
Panu, P. (2020). Anxiety and the Ecological Crisis: An Analysis of Eco-Anxiety and Climate Anxiety, Sustainability, 23rd September, 2020.
Watts, J., and Campbell, D. (2020). Half of child psychiatrists surveyed say patients have environment anxiety, The Guardian, Friday 20, 2020.