For the Greta good: here’s how to parent your own wee eco-worrier

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For the Greta good: here’s how to parent your own wee eco-worrier

Fielding climate-change concerns from stressed young uns over breakfast? We asked the experts for help

Rosa Silverman and Joe Shute

Meet generation panic. Their social media feeds are filled with images of plastic-polluted oceans and footage of the Amazon on fire. No wonder that environmental worries are impinging on their wellbeing.

Although not yet a recognised mental health condition, eco-anxiety – which some practitioners say has symptoms including low mood, insomnia and headaches – is a topic that the UK Council for Psychotherapy has begun to discuss. And though it’s often unclear where reasonable concern for the environment ends and full-blown anxiety begins, it’s indisputable that raising an eco-worrier has never been more of a minefield.

One thing experts agree on is that frank conversation is key. Here’s how they suggest you handle it:..

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