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
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:..