Patients who came to him with depression or anxiety were increasingly citing climate change news as something they were having trouble coping with.
“These people tend to have a low threshold to taking on worries. When they pick up the paper and see a small part of Antarctica disintegrating, they take it on board,” said Dr Blashki, a senior research fellow in the University of Melbourne’s Primary Care Research Unit. “They pick up on the negative things going on in the world.”
“It comes down to maintaining hope, to get people motivated, not despairing. Action is a great stress reliever,” he said.