CAMH Special Issue – ‘Mental Health and the Global Ecological Crisis’

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As part of the lead up to the CAMH Special Issue on ‘Child and youth mental health & the global ecological crisis’ (due to be published in January 2022), ACAMH is proud to bring you a series of events, content, and special access Early View 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 two Early View papers, which have been granted Free Access until 3 December. 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’ Early View Papers – Open Access

‘Adolescents’ thoughts and feelings about the local and global environment: a qualitative interview study’
by Rhiannon Thompson, Helen L. Fisher, Lindsay H. Dewa, Tania Hussain, Zaina Kabba, & Mireille B. Toledano

FREE Events

Climate Change Impacting Mental Health
Live from UK and Australia, 8 December 2021, 9am GMT, 7pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time
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, will discuss the evidence-base research on the impact climate change is having on mental health.

CAMH Special Issue on ‘Child and youth mental health & the global ecological crisis’ session 1
Live from UK and Australia, 12 January 2022 09.00 UK, 10.00 CET, 7pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time
Celebrating the launch of the CAMH Special Issue on ‘Child and youth mental health & the global ecological crisis’, we’ll be discussing the mental health implications of climate change with leading mental health professionals, young people, clinicians, and researchers.

A panel comprising, Professor Dr. Bernadka Dubicka, Professor Ann Sanson, Associate Professor John Wiseman, plus other contributors to the CAMH Special Issue including; researchers, clinicians, and a young people’s lived experience perspective, will discuss the evidence-base research on the impact climate change is having on mental health.

Podcasts

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) 

Blog

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.

CAMH Special Issue on ‘Child and youth mental health & the global ecological crisis’ Early View Papers – Member’s Access Only

‘A scoping review of youth and young adults’ roles in natural disaster mitigation and response: considerations for youth wellbeing during a global ecological crisis’
by Melissa Bessaha, Rachel Anna Hayward & Kiriaki Gatanas

‘Review: Ecological awareness, anxiety, and actions among youth and their parents – a qualitative study of newspaper narratives’
by Laelia Benoit, Isaiah Thomas & Andres Martin

‘Climate change-related worry among Australian adolescents: an eight-year longitudinal study’
by Emma Sciberras & Julian W. Fernando

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