Mental Health Mental Health Independent Education: responding to students’ climate change concerns

Independent Education: responding to students’ climate change concerns

The toll of climate change on school-aged children and young people’s mental health is huge, but often overlooked. And how should schools deal with them?

To explore this important issue are Dr Cybele Dey, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and co-chair of DEA’s Mental Health working group, Chloe Watfern, research associate at the Black Dog Institute and Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE, and Blanche Savage, a clinical psychologist working in child and adolescent mental health.

They write that it is no wonder that many children feel deep climate distress – they are on the front line, facing a future of escalating crises and ecological loss over which they have no control.

This distress is a valid response to a real threat, motivating students to take meaningful action and connect with others who share their concerns. However, it can also be debilitating.

Read the full article that was published in the September edition of Independent Education HERE.