Whether you are a young person looking for ways to manage difficult climate feelings or an adult seeking advice on helping the young people in your life, we have brought together a wealth of resources that might help.
Go to our dedicated Youth Point where you will discover all sorts of material to support you on your journey of facing the climate and ecological crisis - or helping someone else on theirs.
With a regularly updated list of articles, podcasts, newsletters and organisations to check out, we hope that you find something to help you.
Keep an eye on the page for events too - we have climate cafes centred on the needs of younger people
CPA is working with groups and organisations to deliver a range of trainings, talks, workshops and conference presentations in the theory and practice of Climate Psychology.
As people awake to the very real dangers of continuing inaction around climate change, we have begun offering support to those affected by engaging with such difficult truths with the aim of:-
Helping to understand our complex individual and cultural responses as the crisis unfolds and we engage with the unthinkable
Helping people to develop resilience, so that they can contribute to sustainable communities and prepare for change
Validating people’s experiences of responses to the climate crisis; helplessness, grief, anger, despair and fear all have their place in this work
We can offer therapeutic support to any groups or individuals who are interested in our approach and who may want support or are experiencing distress in the light of current climate change crisis & action. We have therapists across the UK willing to offer support.
Some of the therapeutic outreach we offer includes:
Climate Psychology - Climate psychology comes from the twin fields of psycho-social studies and psychotherapy, approaches which help us to understand the unconscious processes and emotions which control our thoughts, beliefs and behaviour and which show up in mutually reinforcing systems of defence in society.
This can inform how we:
Listen to peoples' experience of climate change and talk to friends, family and colleagues,
Educate counsellors/therapists meeting "eco-anxiety" in their clients
Research individual and societal responses
Some of the essential themes of climate psychology which will be explored include the nature of denial and disavowal, the connections between thinking, feeling and acting, and how to "stay with" and manage the disturbing feelings, conflicts and dilemmas provoked by awareness of the climate crisis.
Through the Door - reflective workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists who are taking their practice outside the consulting room in response to the climate emergency.
Working with Children and Young People - we can provide a faciltated workshop on supporting children with issues around the climate and biodiversity emergency for parents, schools and other organisations that work with young people. The workshops will include:
Psychology and the Climate and Ecological Crisis and our own emotional responses Talking with children and young people about the climate emergency Building a toolkit of resources and a talk/workshop to offer schools
Climate Cafés - exploring psychology and the Climate & Ecological Crisis and our own emotional responses.
We suggest that we start with a discussion about the psychological aspects of the climate and ecological emergency and include thoughts about the impact on mental health and organisational dynamics. CPA could provide a presentation and also a supported group discussion about the emotional work involved and our defences against the complex feelings involved. We can talk through the value of exploring different narratives and metaphors, skills and methods to support and facilitate groups, communicating about the climate emergency with others and group experience in a climate café. We could then run a climate café together exploring how it works whilst experiencing one.
Building a toolkit of practical resources to develop and run climate cafés. The third part of the workshop would focus on building a toolkit of resources to draw on when setting up and running a climate café. Practical considerations and troubleshooting.
Continuing Professional Development to foster Climate Crisis Awareness in practising and trainee therapists and counsellors.
Eco-Anxiety Supporting young people and adults in understanding and then building emotional resilience through therapeutic responses to eco-anxiety and eco-depression.
CPA are offering support to people who are affected by the ecological, biodiversity and climate crises.
A climate-aware community that knows how to listen
What feelings come up for you when you think about the climate and ecological crisis?
Perhaps you get anxious or angry. Maybe you’re overcome with grief. Or maybe it’s all too overwhelming and you end up feeling numb.
And how is it affecting your life?
It could be you’re someone whose sleep or general ability to function has been impacted or whose relationships have suffered. Perhaps your eco-activism has led to specific struggles, such as anxiety around arrest or reaching a state of burnout.
It might reassure you to know that all of these responses are normal and none of them need to be faced alone.
While it can be hard to talk to family, friends or colleagues about our difficulties - as they may themselves be struggling - here at CPA we have a register of members who have walked this path and are available to offer therapeutic support. Over 95% of us are trained and registered psychotherapists and counsellors. The few who are not have other relevant trainings. And we are also engaging with our own emotions around climate change as artists, researchers, activists writers, educators, parents.
Who can we help?
Students- are you studying a climate course that has upset you?
Scientists - is working daily with frightening data a source of anxiety?
People of colour - do you feel moved to take part in environmental activism but put off by the racism in the field?
Parents- is thinking about your children’s uncertain future becoming too much to bear?
Anyone - are you distressed by the constant bad news or getting distracted by thoughts of climate catastrophe?
What can we offer?
Up to 3 free sessions of therapeutic support - usually by phone or online, sometimes in person
A safe and empathetic space where you can vent and be listened to without judgement
Support in facing the uncertainty of the climate and ecological crisis
Validation of, and help understanding, difficult feelings and responses
Practical tips on how to deal with trauma and emotional overwhelm and ways to develop emotional resilience
Help to start make meaning.
Signposting for action or further support, including free or low-cost therapeutic work if necessary
If this sounds useful to you the list or the map will enable you to find a practitioner.
Please note that this is not an emergency service. If you have concerns about your own or others' mental health, contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or your GP.
If this is not a service you feel you need right now but you are looking for information, feel free to browse the rest of our website. Try the Podcasts, for example, which many have found helpful. We have many other resources, and we hope that you may find them helpful, wherever you are on your climate journey.
For people from USA and Canada here is a climate aware therapists list available through the CPA North Amercica site.