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Climate change

Discover resources and support to help either yourself or someone you know who is experiencing stress or anxiety due to climate change.

Climate change

Climate change

Young people are experiencing high rates of climate anxiety.  Defined as a “heightened emotional, mental or somatic distress in response to dangerous changes in the climate system,” climate anxiety can present as a sense of hopelessness, grief, anger, guilt, and existential dread.

Recent research showed that 45% of global young people (ages 16–25) surveyed say climate anxiety and distress is affecting their daily lives and functioning, and 75% of young respondents believe ‘the future is frightening’. 

Climate anxiety is significantly related to young people’s perceived government inaction and associated feelings of betrayal. Conversations around climate change focus heavily on the most drastic and most negative facts, but there are also positive actions happening out there.

Photo credit: School Strike 4 Climate Australia 

More resources to help support someone experiencing climate anxiety

Participants of the Peoples Climate March in Washington, DC.

The good news about climate change – World Wildlife Fund


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Positive environmental stories from 2023


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Headspace tips for dealing with climate anxiety

Headspace – Tips for dealing with climate anxiety


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Carer Gateway

An Australian Government program providing free services and support for carers. If you care for a family member or friend with disability, a medical condition, mental illness, or who is frail due to age, then Carer Gateway can help you.  You can call on 1800 422 737.


Learn more about the issues Australia’s young people with disabilities are facing through these resources or find contacts for support.