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10 May 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: Nature and the environment

To mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Shout 85258 has released tips and support for young people who are feeling overwhelmed by eco-anxiety and climate change.

Data from the Shout 85258 text service run by charity Mental Health Innovations shows that 65% of people who contact the service are aged 25 and under, with anxiety being cited in more than a third of conversations (32%).

Anticipation and fear of future events have been shown to be significant triggers in people reaching out to the service for support.

Conversation analysis showed a general theme of climate change giving a feeling of responsibility to texters to fix the world, and a feeling of hopelessness around fixing the world. Worries for the future and a feeling that the world is failing were also concerns mentioned by texters.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we have the following available on our website:

Please get involved in supporting young people and their mental wellbeing around climate change this Mental Health Awareness Week and share these resources using #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #Shout85258 for us to re-share.