Anxious About Climate Change? You’re Not Alone (“Right as Rain” Article from UW Medicine)

“If you’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for years, you’ve likely already noticed how climate change impacts our region.

Our typically temperate weather patterns have started including record-breaking heatwaves and winter storms. Our glorious not-too-hot, late summer days are now threatened each year by wildfire smoke. Our animal neighbors, such as orcas and salmon, are dwindling in number.

If all of this makes you feel anxious — even mournful, grieving for the PNW of before — you’re not alone. Scientists are learning that more and more people are experiencing climate anxiety and grief….”

Finish reading the full article on the UW Medicine Right as Rain blog page to learn more about:

  • Climate anxiety and grief are fueled by the impacts of climate change and feelings of helplessness.
  • Existing therapeutic techniques will help people who are struggling.
  • Large-scale changes are needed to make mental health care more accessible, though.
  • Individuals can join a local cause, help support their community, and take other actions for change.
By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach