University Offers Students & Academics Therapy For Eco Anxiety & Climate Hysteria

  • Date: 26/01/20
  • Daily Mail

Students and staff anxious about climate change are being offered therapy to tackle feelings of anger, guilt and grief. 

University of Derby are running art therapy sessions for those suffering ‘eco-anxiety’ -an issue brought to the forefront of public attention by 17-year-old activist Greta Thunberg.

Participants are encouraged to express their feelings about climate change through ‘poetry and movement’. 

One student attending the therapy sessions, Claire Prowse, said climate change makes her feel like she is ‘not going to have a future’. 

She told the BBC: ‘It makes me very anxious because every time I look at the news I rarely see any good news about the environment.

‘It just makes me think I’m not going to have a future.’ 

Staff and students at the University of Derby who are anxious about climate change are being offered art therapy to tackle feelings of anger, guilt and grief
Staff and students at the University of Derby who are anxious about climate change are being offered art therapy to tackle feelings of anger, guilt and grief

Another attendee, Nicola Grigg, added that climate change made her feel ‘isolated and lonely’. 

She said she felt ‘guilty’ because she does not have the power to ‘change’ the climate situation. 

The academic behind the sessions, Dr Jamie Bird, said people suffer ‘climate grief’ when they see the environment being damaged…

Eco-anxiety is described by Psychology Today as ‘a fairly recent psychological disorder afflicting an increasing number of individuals who worry about the environmental crisis’. 

No stats are available on how widespread it is, but some experts said there is increased public anxiety around climate change. 

In a 2017 report, Professor Susan Clayton at the College of Wooster, in Ohio, wrote: ‘We can say that a significant proportion of people are experiencing stress and worry about the potential impacts of climate change, and that the level of worry is almost certainly increasing.’ 

As well as being offered to students and staff, Derby University’s workshops have been held in towns nearby, with more planned in Derbyshire this year. 

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