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Let's Talk About It: Mental Health & Climate Change

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  • This short video acknowledges the gravity of climate anxiety and why it is so important to talk about it.
  • Students will learn why climate anxiety is so prevalent and some strategies for how to cope with it.
Teaching Tips


  • This video uses simple, yet engaging, graphics depicting the important content represented.
  • This resource validates feelings that students might be experiencing such as anxiety, loneliness, fear, and isolation.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Prepare ahead of time for ways to support students' big emotions and your own as you dive into a difficult topic.
  • Since this is a short video, think about your bigger goal for how to incorporate this video into a climate change lesson.


  • This video would be an excellent supplement to another lesson about difficult topics related to climate change, including tipping points, mass extinction, or racial inequities.
  • Consider allowing students to view this video independently and then write reflection papers or participate in small group discussions.
  • Use this other video to help students process their feelings and to brainstorm solutions as they learn about five ways to cope with climate anxiety.
  • Consider giving students the time to write down one goal for how to cope with climate anxiety, either using the social media recommendations from the video, creating a climate action goal, or even creating a nature journal.
  • Other resources that might pair well with this video include this TED Talk about the emotions that power climate action, this longer podcast which provides a deeper dive into climate change and mental health, or this digital poster with quick tips for eco-anxiety.
Scientist Notes
This very short 1-minute video discusses the feelings of anxiety surrounding climate change that can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, how talking about problems can help your mental well-being, and it encourages viewers to start prioritizing mental health. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • National Health Education Standards
    • Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
      • 2.12.10 Analyze how public health policies and government regulations can influence health promotion and disease prevention.
    • Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
      • 7.12.2 Demonstrate a variety of healthy practices and behaviors that will maintain or improve the health of self and others.
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