What is 24/7 access to news about climate events doing to young people’s mental health?

On the Mental Health Today website, Sarah Niblock, chief executive of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) writes that therapists are increasingly encountering young people fearing the predicted future state of the environment. While their concerns may be justified the overemphasis of negative climate change news can trigger distress and leave out the more optimistic stories, which suggest that a catastrophic future is not inevitable.”

A survey found 40% of 16-24 year olds feel ‘overwhelmed’ by climate change in the UK. This echoes another small commissioned US survey revealing 72% of 18-34 year olds reported negative news stories about the environment sometimes impact their emotional wellbeing.


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