Worrying about climate change: Is it responsible to promote public debate?

Helen BERRY, Dominic PEEL

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Some fear that provoking widespread worry about climate change may harm mental health. The Regional Wellbeing Survey, a large study of health, well-being and life in rural and regional Australia, examined climate change worry and attitudes. Most respondents were worried about climate change and agreed that fossil fuel use causes global warming, but there was no evidence to suggest that worry about climate change is linked to mental health in the general population. Respectful, calm, considered public debate about how to respond to climate change is unlikely to be harmful to population mental health. Individually focused clinical approaches are unlikely to be effective as a primary approach in managing the mental health impacts of climate change. Instead, collective, systems-based approaches will be needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-32
Number of pages2
JournalBJ Psych International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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