Climate Change Psychological Support Network 

The Climate change psychological support network is a volunteer register of psychologists concerned about climate change and interested in using their psychological skills and knowledge in a variety of ways.

Initially, the aim of the network is to facilitate support for climate leaders and activists, or people working in environmental NGOs and climate action groups, who are often dealing with significant distress from working on climate change and would benefit from talking over their needs with a psychologist to help determine what sort of ongoing support would be useful. 

It is increasingly being recognised that people who work in the field of climate change and on other environmental threats are vulnerable to depression, anxiety and burnout. Supporting these people who are becoming debilitated by their knowledge of the consequences of human impact on the planet at this time is incredibly valuable work.

Over time, the network may also be used to facilitate links between psychologists and organisations wanting to develop effective climate change policies, messaging, or sustainability actions around climate change.

How do psychologists join the network to become a volunteer

To join, simply complete the survey about your experience and skills in different areas https://www.research.net/r/WLXM8RT

How do climate leaders, workers and activists access the network?

If you would like to access this support network and have a phone chat with a psychologist, email the APS at drn@psychology.org.au with ‘climate change support’ in the subject line.

Resources to help ourselves

When dealing with complex and weighty subject matter like climate change, it's important to look after ourselves.

The APS, Psychologists for a Safe Climate, and the Australian Conservation Foundation have partnered to produce some tip sheets to help people cope.

​Coping with climate change distress is a tip sheet that explores many different strategies to cope with the distressing feelings that come from understanding the reality of climate change.

Dealing with Burnout is a tip sheet to help you recognise the warning signs of burnout, and that explores the link between climate change and burnout.

How to cope with stress and distress of climate change.  Audio recording of Susie Burke (APS) and Bronwyn Wauchope (Psychology for a Safe Climate) Dealing with climate change distress.

Further resources and links