Climate Anxiety

Becoming aware of climate change and its effects, experiencing natural disasters and wondering what the future will be like can cause a wide range of emotions and stress – from anxiety and grief to existential dread and solastalgia. 

The first thing to know is that this can be a normal and completely rational response to the situation we are facing – and you are not alone.

3 things can help you start to address these feelings:

– talking about it

– taking action

– working together

However if these feelings are impacting your life adversely, you may need to seek help. Email us for a list of counsellors and pastoral carers experienced in talking about the climate, you can talk to.

For helpful advice, visit:

https://au.reachout.com/articles/how-to-cope-with-anxiety-about-climate-change

https://www.psychologyforasafeclimate.org/

https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Psychology-topics/Climate-change-psychology/Coping-with-climate-change-distress

https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Psychology-topics/Climate-change-psychology

https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Psychology-topics/Disasters/Bushfires/Recovering-from-bushfires

Climate Change Empowerment Handbook:

https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Psychology-topics/Climate-change-psychology/Climate-change

For how the Uniting Church and the NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network are helping people through the 2020 bushfires, read more here.

 

Visit this page for some books to read on climate psychology and mental health, most of which are available to all Uniting Church members through Camden Theological Library, North Parramatta. 

 

 

For urgent Mental Health Support:

beyondblue
www.beyondblue.org.au
1300 22 4636

Lifeline Australia
www.lifeline.org.au
13 11 14

Mensline Australia
www.mensline.org.au
1300 78 99 78

Kids Help Line
www.kidshelp.com.au
1800 55 1800

Black Dog Institute
www.mycompass.org.au