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Article alert: Climate change, activism, and supporting the mental health of children and young people: Perspectives from Western Australia

25 Nov 2021 14:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Climate change, activism, and supporting the mental health of children and young people: Perspectives from Western Australia

by Naomi J Godden, Brad M Farrant, Jaime Yallup Farrant, Emma Heyink, Eva Carot Collins, Bella Burgemeister, Mena Tabeshfar, Jason Barrow, Mara West, Jasmine Kieft, Mason Rothwell, Zoe Leviston, Susan Bailey, Mindy Blaise, Trudi Cooper.

"This article is co-authored by a group of WA young people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal academics, activists, and practitioners engaged in youth, mental health and climate justice spaces.

The article examines the intersection of mental health, climate change, children and young people and climate activism in WA. We explore the mental health impacts of climate change on children and young people, and youth climate activism as a resilience strategy.

In Box 3, youth climate activist co-authors then discuss opportunities to support the mental health of young people compelled to take climate action.

We argue for structural change to address the causes of the climate crisis, alongside enhanced mental health evidence and approaches to appropriately support children and young people affected by climate change.

Furthermore, we support the call of Aboriginal peoples to ensure culturally appropriate, place-based frameworks and programs based in caring for Country."

Many Climate Justice Union members contributed to this important article, published by the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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