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Climate Anxiety to Community Climate Action: Empowering yourself, your colleagues and the groups you serve

Patrick Kennedy-Williams

15 May 2023


In 2019, the Oxford English Dictionary declared ‘Climate Emergency’ to be the word/phrase of the year and the WHO has since declared the climate crisis to be the greatest health threat of our time.

The climate crisis continues to grow in significance in people’s minds around the world. Whilst this collective awareness is important in inspiring the necessary change from governments and industry, it can also lead to psychological distress (so-called ‘climate anxiety’). 

This growing phenomenon is increasingly entering the workplace. Those working in already-stretched teams are taking important steps towards sustainability in their organisations, which can lead to a ‘dual threat’ in terms of burnout and compassion fatigue. Similarly, an increasing number of clinicians, charity workers and local authority staff are reporting climate distress in the people they serve, and facilitating climate-empowered conversations, and signposting to the right support, has never been more important. 

The event will be equivalent to 1 hour of CPD.


This webinar provides an overview of our current understanding of the intersection between mental health and climate change, including so-called ‘indirect effects’ such as climate anxiety, and key psychological mechanisms involved in resilience and adaptation. Reflecting on the work undertaken by Climate Psychologists thus far, with both individuals and various organisational groups, the webinar will then provide practical insights into the role each attendee can play in supporting themselves, their colleagues, and the communities they serve.

The workshop also contextualises the climate crisis, considering the specificities of working across cultures and communities.

Learning Objectives

To get a better understanding of the psychological impacts of the climate crisis
To understand how the above might manifest in patients/clients/families
To understand better how the climate crisis may impact on you and your team members, and what you can do to promote a collective climate wellbeing at work
To discover a range of resources you can recommend to your colleagues/patients/clients/families

Training Modalities

Didactic content
Whole group knowledge sharing and Q&A

Key References

Whitmarsh, L., Player, L., Jiongco, A., James, M., Williams, M., Marks, E., & Kennedy-Williams, P. (2022). Climate anxiety: What predicts it and how is it related to climate action?. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 83, 101866.

Heeren, A., & Asmundson, G. J. (2022). Understanding climate anxiety: What decision-makers, health care providers, and the mental health community need to know to promote adaptative coping. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 102654.

Hickman, C., Marks, E., Pihkala, P., Clayton, S., Lewandowski, R. E., Mayall, E. E., ... & van Susteren, L. (2021). Climate anxiety in children and young people and their beliefs about government responses to climate change: a global survey. The Lancet Planetary Health, 5(12), e863-e873.

About the presenter

Patrick is a leading expert in the field of climate change-related mental health.  Through his organization, Climate Psychologists, he consults regularly with governments, broadcasters, industry and the education sector. They have recently launched ‘Mind&Planet’, a climate empowerment and wellbeing platform for schools, universities and businesses. They are members of the global COP2 (COPsquared) initiative. Patrick also sits on the scientific advisory board of Climate Cares, Imperial College London

His work has been featured in media outlets such as The Guardian, Reuters, BBC, Time Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and The Sunday Times (UK). He has appeared on BBC Radio 4, Radio 5, and the ITV This Morning Show, among others.

Alongside contributing to research articles and book chapters related to the psychology of climate change, Patrick is co-author of the recent book 'Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety', published by Hachette/Jessica Kingsley and an upcoming book for young people, ‘You are Unstoppable!’, due out this year. Patrick is the co-host of the new podcast 'Living on a Changing Planet'.

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Who should attend

This event is for anybody in public-facing organisations (NHS, local authority, charity sector), particularly involving clinical groups, or otherwise vulnerable individuals and marginalised communities, for whom the climate crisis may further compound pre-existing difficulties, and may also feel excluded from taking meaningful collective action.

Low Intensity clinical contact hours survey - BABCP Low Intensity Special Interest Group

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The BACP Low Intensity SIG are interested in the impact of clinical contact hours on Low Intensity/Wellbeing Practitioner wellbeing. This questionnaire contains six multi-choice questions and a free text box for you to share your experiences. The answers to these questions will help the BABCP SIG plan how to meet CPD topics and other developments within the SIG.  The SIG hope to produce a write up of the answers to this questionnaire to be shared with SIG members and to be used in training.

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This FREE conference is for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners working in Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression services and is brought to you by Bespoke Mental Health in collaboration with the NHS England Talking Therapies National PWP Leads Network

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