Mental Health Awareness Week: 17 ideas that are boosting wellbeing

11. Climate cafes

“It’s hard to talk about climate change because climate change hurts.” But not talking about it? Well, that’s worse. At least that’s according to Rebecca Nestor of the Climate Psychology Alliance, an organisation that explores the psychological impact of global heating. 

Nestor started a series meetings in Oxford to encourage people to talk about the topic. The gatherings, billed as ‘climate cafes’, were based loosely on the UK’s death cafes, where people talk about death over a cuppa.

The idea has taken root and the University of Hull now runs climate cafes. “It’s about helping raise awareness of the issue, but also starting conversations and looking for positive action,” said Dr Steven Forrest, a lecturer at the university. 

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