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Having Conversations About Climate Change & Eco-anxiety

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Looking at the way climate change concerns can impact our emotional stability and mental health, and exploring ways to reduce their effect.

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As our awareness grows of how climate change is affecting our planet, a complicated mix of emotions may begin to surface. These may include anxiety, hopelessness, guilt, grief or anger, to name just a few.

It is important we recognise these feelings in ourselves and those around us, and listen to them. They are a natural response to what we are hearing about climate change. However, it can be a tricky path to navigate.

We have teamed up with:

  • Caroline Hickman, psychotherapist & lecturer from the University of Bath & Climate Psychology Alliance, who has a wealth of knowledge about eco-anxiety through her therapy practice with adults, young people & children and research.
  • Elouise Mayall, an Ecology Masters student from the University of East Anglia, is also part of the UK Youth Climate Coalition and is a coordinator for the UK’s first Local Conference of Youth.

Both bring valuable insights into our understanding of eco-anxiety and most importantly, what we can do to reduce the effect these feelings have on us.

We will also be joined by local mental health support groups talking about what they do, including:

  • LifeRiders : a local Harrogate charity supporting mental health through group cycling around our beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
  • myLifePool : a local Harrogate community supporting each other through a variety of support groups for all the family, including meet ups for coffee and chat, or strolls through the local gardens and countryside.
  • Harrogate College: introducing a new climate cafe starting in May to support Harrogate College students, where students can meet to talk through their feelings around climate change in a relaxed, social environment.

The Zoom link will be sent 48 hours before the event starts.

We look forward to welcoming you to this webinar, which aims to leave you feeling more hopeful and positive about how to support your feelings with regards to climate change.

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