Date(s) - 28/07/2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Climate Change, Anxiety and Mental Health
Presenters: Chloe, Dr Anna Seth, Dr Tristan Snell
Wednesday 28th July, 6.30 – 8.30pm (AEST)
Cost: AAFT Members FREE / Non-AAFT Members $25
Climate change has significant mental health impacts which are projected to increase in coming years. These impacts relate to climate-driven weather events, longer-term environmental changes and the growing awareness of the existential threat to our society. These impacts disproportionately affect vulnerable members of our society, including children. This webinar will provide insights into lived experience of climate anxiety, a summary of the dimensions and scope of these issues, and a range of strategies, practices and promising solutions to support those who are experiencing ‘pre-traumatic stress’ relating to climate change. The webinar will provide opportunities for personal reflection, discussion and sharing of perspectives. Whether or not you’re already supporting people experiencing climate anxiety, this is a growth area and one we need to be prepared for – personally and professionally.
Chloe is a climate activist and young person with lived experience of climate anxiety.
Dr Anna Seth, MBBS FRACGP DRANZCOG DCH is a GP and parent based in Southern Tasmania. She has a special interest in all aspects of mental health, particularly youth mental health. She is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Tasmania, one of the co-founders of the Climate Resilience Network and is also a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia. Anna is passionate about understanding the psychological impacts of climate change and how we can address this at the individual and community level.
Dr Tristan Snell is a counselling psychologist and researcher in environmental psychology at Deakin University. He has published and presented research on the impact of the environment and climate change on mental health and learning, and works with individuals experiencing anxiety and trauma relating to climate change.
AAFT Tasmanian Representative Dr Anita Pryor will host the webinar.