Deakin University
Browse

File(s) not publicly available

Hope, Coping and Eco-Anxiety: Young People’s Mental Health in a Climate-Impacted Australia

Version 3 2024-06-19, 12:05
Version 2 2024-06-05, 11:03
Version 1 2022-05-18, 09:54
journal contribution
posted on 2024-06-19, 12:05 authored by H Gunasiri, Y Wang, EM Watkins, Teresa CapetolaTeresa Capetola, Claire Henderson-WilsonClaire Henderson-Wilson, Rebecca PatrickRebecca Patrick
(1) Background: In Australia, young people are one of the most vulnerable populations to the mental health impacts of climate change. The aim of this article was to explore mental health promotion issues related to climate change for young people in Australia. (2) Methods: An exploratory mixed-method approach, co-led by young people, was used to engage young people living in Australia aged 18–24 years in semi-structured interviews (n = 14) and an online survey (n = 46). Data were analysed thematically and with descriptive statistics. (3) Results: Findings indicated that negative impacts included worry, eco-anxiety, stress, hopelessness/powerlessness and feelings of not having a voice. Several mediating factors, in particular social media engagement, highlighted the duality of mental health impacts for young people’s mental health. Positive impacts of climate action included feeling optimistic and in control. (4) Conclusions: This exploratory study contributes to an emerging field of public health research on young people’s mental health in a climate-impacted Australia. Climate change is a significant concern for young people, and it can negatively affect their mental health. The findings can inform the design of public health interventions that raise awareness of climate change-related mental health issues among young people and promote their participation in nature-based interventions, climate action and empowering social media engagement.

History

Journal

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

19

Article number

5528

Pagination

1-12

Location

Basel, Switzerland

ISSN

1661-7827

eISSN

1660-4601

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

9

Publisher

MDPI / MDPI AG (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

Usage metrics

    Research Publications

    Categories

    No categories selected

    Licence

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC