Psychology for a Safe Climate has been working hard to develop our Strategic Plan for the next two years, to focus on key action areas. A need for significant change in response to the growth in demand for our work was identified. This document articulates the pathway to that vision. Read our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan here.
2020-2022 Strategic Plan
Submission to National Preventative Health Strategy
The Australian Government is creating it's 10-year National Health Prevention Strategy. Psychology for a Safe Climate is concerned that no mention of the climate crisis was made in the Strategy, nor in the Consultation Paper. We consider this shameful negligence.
As climate disasters are on the rise, Psychology for a Safe Climate feels imperative that the psychological impacts of environmental devastation be considered a public health concern and planned for.
In our submission, we make clear the compounding mental health impacts of the climate crisis and highlight that the current mental health system in Australia is not equipped to deal with this growing area of mental health needs.
You can read our Response to the Consultation Paper here and circulate this among colleagues and peers.
Upcoming climate grief workshop
Workshop: Recognising our grief about climate change
Saturday February 27th 2021 2pm to 5pm - on Zoom
For those working on climate change as activists, researchers, scientists or policy makers and advocates.
The work so many are doing means thinking about the realities of climate change every day. It can mean living with the here and now implications of climate change impacts. This workshop will provide a space for participants to reflect on and express the emotional burden of working on climate change, especially the many faces of grief. There will also be a segment on self care.
Cost: $40, $20 concession.
A few places will be reserved for those unable to pay. Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Maximum 30 participants
SUPPORTING PEOPLE EMOTIONALLY IN FACING THE CLIMATE CRISIS
Our purpose is to contribute psychological understanding and support within the community, helping people face the difficult climate reality.
We engage in a range of activities including writing, speaking, conferences and workshops.
We encourage our community to engage with climate change.
What we do
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Mental Health and Well-Being Impacts of Climate Change
Whitehouse report on the impacts of climate change on human health in the US.
Here is a summary of the impacts on Mental Health and Well-being.
The effects of global climate change on mental health and well-being are integral parts of the overall climate-related human health impacts. Mental health consequences of climate change range from minimal stress and distress symptoms to clinical disorders, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and suicidality.
Other consequences include effects on the everyday life, perceptions, and experiences of individuals and communities attempting to understand and respond appropriately to climate change and its implications. The mental health and well-being consequences of climate change related impacts rarely occur in isolation, but often interact with other social and environmental stressors.
The interactive and cumulative nature of climate change effects on health, mental health, and well-being are critical factors in understanding the overall consequences of climate change on human health (see figure above).
The full report can be read here.
“Psychology for a Safe Climate ran some fantastic mindfulness workshops with Environment Victoria helping us look after ourselves so we can keep trying to look after the world.”
CEO Environment Victoria