To accompany the CAMH 2022 Special Issue on ‘Child and youth mental health & the global ecological crisis’ (Out Now!), ACAMH is proud to bring you a series of events, content, and Open Access papers, focusing on the mental health implications of climate change.
Whilst the recent COP26 highlighted the importance of a unified global response to climate change, there is an ongoing debate regarding how relevant this topic should be for mental health professionals, and those that work with children.
This CAMH Special Issue Series aims to:
- Examine the evidence
- Explore youth experience
- Engage with how to move forward
We hope that you can join us at our fantastic FREE events, listen to our podcasts, and access our Open Access Early View papers. Please share with colleagues to raise awareness of child and adolescent mental health issues in this ecological crisis.
CAMH Special Issue on ‘Child and youth mental health & the global ecological crisis’ Papers – Open Access
Editorial: The climate and ecological mental health emergency – evidence and action
Ann Sanson, Bernadka Dubicka
Adolescents’ thoughts and feelings about the local and global environment: a qualitative interview study
Rhiannon Thompson, Helen L. Fisher, Lindsay H. Dewa, Tania Hussain, Zaina Kabba, Mireille B. Toledano
Free to Read
A scoping review of youth and young adults’ roles in natural disaster mitigation and response: considerations for youth wellbeing during a global ecological crisis
Melissa Bessaha, Rachel Anna Hayward, Kiriaki Gatanas
Climate change-related worry among Australian adolescents: an eight-year longitudinal study
Emma Sciberras, Julian W. Fernando
Young people’s engagement with climate change issues through digital media – a content analysis
Sarah Parry, Sofi Rose McCarthy, Jennie Clark
Place-based civic science—collective environmental action and solidarity for eco-resilience
Erin Gallay, Miriam Furlan Brighente, Constance Flanagan, Ethan Lowenstein
Special Issues: Review Articles
Review: The impact of climate change awareness on children’s mental well-being and negative emotions – a scoping review
Gina Martin, Kristen Reilly, Haley Everitt, Jason A. Gilliland
Free to Read
Review: Ecological awareness, anxiety, and actions among youth and their parents – a qualitative study of newspaper narratives
Laelia Benoit, Isaiah Thomas, Andrés Martin
Free to Read
Debate: Inequalities within understanding of Eco Distress
Debate: How can child and adolescent mental health professionals show leadership in the face of the ecological and climate crisis?
Charles Le Feuvre, Cybele Dey
Debate: Health professionals have a chance every day to lead on mitigating the ecological and climate crisis
Catriona Mellor, Kathryn Speedy, Nicholas Barnes, Alan Kellas
Debate: Climate impacts on mental health – a youth perspective
Lauren Wright, Andrea Rodgers
Narrative Matters: Fighting not drowning – facing a harsh climate future with wisdom, hope and courage
Commentary: Climate change worry among adolescents—on the importance of going beyond the constructive–unconstructive dichotomy to explore coping efforts—a commentary on Sciberras and Fernando (2021)
Free to Read
Commentary: What price eyeballs? – a commentary/reflection on Benoit, Thomas and Martin (2021)
Commentary: Three tasks for eco-anxiety research – a commentary on Thompson et al. (2021)
Commentary: Proactive practices to support youth coping with climate change – a commentary on Martin et al. (2021)
The Anxiety and Grief of the Ecological Crisis
Ahead of COP26, and as part of the lead up to the CAMH Special Issue ‘Child and youth mental health & the global ecological crisis’, we talked to Dr. Laelia Benoit about her paper in the CAMH Special Issue and her research into ecological anxiety.
Recorded talks and lectures
Ecological Crisis and the Impact on Mental Health – recording
This was the first in a series of events leading up to the CAMH Special Issue on ‘Child and youth mental health & the global ecological crisis’, recorded on Tuesday 9 November 2021. A panel comprising, Professor Dr. Lise Van Susteren, Jennifer Uchendu, Dr. Laelia Benoit, and three young people who are part of The McPin Foundation Young People’s Network discussed the research on climate anxiety, and what the burden of mental health related to climate change with. This discussion was be co-chaired by Rhiannon Hawkins, Royal College of Psychiatrists Young Person Representative, Douglas Badenoch, and Andre Tomlin (@Mental_Elf)
Climate Change Impacting Mental Health – recording
This event discussed the impact climate change is having on young people’s mental health. This is part of a series of events leading up to the CAMH Special Issue on ‘Child and youth mental health & the global ecological crisis’, due to be published in January 2022. A panel comprising, Professor Dr. Bernadka Dubicka, Professor Ann Sanson, Associate Professor Dr. Emma Sciberras, Dr. Charles Le Feuvre,Dr. Julian Fernando, and Marco Bellemo, discussed the evidence-base research on the impact climate change is having on mental health.
Hope and courage in the climate crisis – recording
This was the third session celebrating the launch of the CAMH Special Issue on ‘Child and youth mental health & the global ecological crisis’ (due to be published in January 2022). The Editors of this Special Issue Professor Bernadka Dubicka, Professor Ann Sanson, plus Professor John Wiseman, discussed the mental health challenges of facing the reality of the climate crisis, and what we can learn from philosophers, faith leaders and environmental activists/heroes to help us to sustain our efforts to mitigate the crisis, with hope and courage. We were also delighted to be joined by three young people to give key perspectives Rhiannon Hawkins, Kirsten Hoffman, and Nathan Randles.
Ideas emerging from week one at COP26
Professor Bernadka Dubicka, our Editor in Chief of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal (CAMH), and recent chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Faculty RCPsych, has been at COP26. In this blog post Bernadka talks about what she has learned from the first week of the global climate conference.
Yes, young people are concerned about climate change. But it can drive them to take action
In this blog post, Emma Sciberras and Julian Fernando discuses eco-anxiety, the impact of climate change on CYP mental health, and their 2022 CAMH Special Issue paper. This blog was published on The Conversation.com on Wednesday 10 November 2021.