Here you'll find links to organisations that may be able to offer further support to those affected by eco-anxiety, and opportunities to connect with like-minded people.
Sometimes eco-anxiety can lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair. If you or someone you know requires further help, please consider contacting the organisations below.
A UK-based support line, open 24/7 and free to call on 116 123. You can also email or write to them, or download their self-help app. Find out more on the Samaritans website.
Climate Psychology Alliance
Advice and therapeutic support for individuals struggling with eco-anxiety. Find more information on the Climate Psychology Alliance website.
Marine conservation success stories that focus on solutions rather than problems, and connections rather than difference. Check out the Ocean Optimism website.
Credit: Aled Llywelyn
You are not alone in feeling anxious. But in spite of everything, there is still so much beauty and so many conservation success stories to be celebrated.
Share and connect
One of the best ways to combat eco-anxiety is to restore a sense of hope by connecting with a wider community of like-minded people.
You can do this by joining conservation groups, litter picks or beach cleans in your local area.
Follow the links below to find out about local events and groups, volunteering opportunities and ways to connect online:
- Join a beach clean
- Ways to volunteer
- Youth Ocean Network
- Friends of the Earth groups
- Wildlife Trust volunteering
Share what inspires you about marine conservation on social media using the hashtag #OceanOptimism.
Support each other
Sometimes, talking to a friend or relative can be the best remedy. By supporting and celebrating each other, we can make our love for the ocean a more powerful driver than our worries and fears.
What has helped you most in combatting eco-anxiety? How have you channelled your love for the ocean into marine conservation action?
Can you reach out and share this with a friend or relative?
This project is funded by the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.
Co-funded by the European Union.