feeling blue

Frustrated green scientists and environmental activists may be at a high risk of depression.

Susie Burke, a senior psychologist with the Australian Psychological Society, has done extensive work on the mental impact of climate change.

“We can be very sure that many people in the field of climate change are distressed – highly distressed – and it can have a significant psychosocial impact on their well-being,” Burke said.

“If you’re feeling stress, anger, guilt, anxiousness or hopelessness, it has effects on your life. Depression becomes a real risk.”

The Age, 14 Aug 2014