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.

 

Here are some books to read on climate psychology and mental health:

Climate Crisis and Consciousness: Re-imagining Our World and Ourselves, by Sally Gillespie*

The psychology of climate change / Geoffrey Beattie and Laura McGuire.

Psychology and climate change : human perceptions, impacts, and responses / edited by Susan Clayton, Christie Manning.

Emotional resiliency in the era of climate change : a clinician’s guide / Leslie Davenport ; foreword by Lise Van Susteren.

What we think about when we try not to think about global warming : toward a new psychology of climate action / Per Espen Stoknes ; foreword by Jorgen Randers.

These are available (*or soon will be) 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