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

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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

Open Access

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

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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

Open Access

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

Rhiannon Hawkins

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

Richard Smith

Debate: If not us, then who?

Catriona Mellor, Kathryn Speedy, Nicholas Barnes, Alan Kellas

Debate: Climate impacts on mental health – a youth perspective

Lauren Wright, Andrea Rodgers

Narrative Matters

Narrative Matters: Fighting not drowning – facing a harsh climate future with wisdom, hope and courage

John Wiseman


Open Access

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)

Maria Ojala

Free to Read

Commentary: What price eyeballs? – a commentary/reflection on Benoit, Thomas and Martin (2021)

Andrew Duffy

Commentary: Three tasks for eco-anxiety research – a commentary on Thompson et al. (2021)

Panu Pihkala

Commentary: Proactive practices to support youth coping with climate change – a commentary on Martin et al. (2021)

Constance Flanagan


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 on Wednesday 10 November 2021.

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