Some Useful and Interesting Links When I think about ‘self-care’ in the context of climate crisis Chris Johnstone comes to mind straight away. His ideas are practical, realistic and put across really clearly. There are some articles on his website that I found really useful in helping me to navigate the choppy emotional waters of thinking and talking about our environment and the problems that we are facing. Joanna Macy coined the phrase ‘deep ecology’ and she offers a really interesting and constructive way of talking about how come we ended up at this point and what we can do to move forwards. I continue to find her ideas inspirational in keeping me going and, in particular, thinking about a preferred future to the one that is currently on offer. This is the page on the website for the Australian Psychological Society that I found when looking for ideas about what to say to my daughter and how. You can find the leaflets that I’ve posted elsewhere on here as well. Absolutely recommended. Solution Focused Practice has been the bedrock of my (some might say questionable) sanity for many years. As a Children and Young People’s Mental Health Nurse, it was my go-to approach for working with youngsters, their parents, and whole families, as well as other professionals such as teachers, social workers and youth workers. People that I’ve trained in the approach – and there’ve been a few over the years – regularly tell me when I meet them later that it’s such a useful way of helping people to improve things in a whole range of situations. And of course, in my personal life it has consistently helped me to keep things on track when life has done its job in throwing challenges my way. One of the main tools that the Solution Focused Practitioner will use is the well-framed question. Useful questions have kept me held together for many years, and particularly coming to terms with the climate crisis. I love the idea of a news outlet having a section called “What went right?” and publishing stories that answer that question. Check out Positive News to stay informed about what’s going well if you’re feeling like there’s only bad news. Being a fella, a dad, a son, an uncle and having worked with boys, young men and dads over the years, there are themes that come up time and again. This lot really are very, very interesting. I’ve found what they have to say helpful when I’ve been thinking about male mental health, the condition of our world and how many men seem to get into a state and make such a mess of things. Here are some men that are doing really good things. There are quite a few about. For those who are ready and have the stomach for it, here are links to a couple of sites that look at what scientists are saying about climate change. I don’t know how I came across this paper by Professor Jem Bendell, but reading it has been a game-changer. I fretted a little about whether to include it here as I found what he has to say to be very hard to absorb on an emotional level. Perhaps there should be some kind of health warning on the front! Having said that, being an academic myself, I should be passing on what knowledge I’ve come across and let others make of it what they will. Having read Jem Bendell’s paper and picked myself up off the floor, I headed here. I found them to be kind, loving, welcoming and unerringly respectful. Now becoming quite legendary on a national and international level, XR are boldly rebelling their socks off. There’s plenty of opportunities to get involved – it’s not just all about lying down in roads. There are lots of different ways of being an activist. Sarah Corbett’s inspirational Craftivist Collective offers a home for people who are not so comfortable with what are seen as ‘traditional’ forms of activism but are equally passionate and committed to making change happen. As a bonus, here’s a link to Sarah’s inspiring Ted Talk The emotional and psychological impacts of reading, thinking and talking about climate change are immense. As you’ll have seen from materials produced by the Australian Psychological Society, there are significant implications for our emotional wellbeing and mental health. This link will take you to the Climate Psychology Alliance website where you can find out more.

This is the only talk or workshop that I’ve come across that gives direct advice about how to support children in the face of climate change. Jo’s talk is informative and thought-provoking. I found her ideas invaluable in shaping my response. Recommended watching!