For Wildfire Fighters, an Emotional Burden

May 6, 2022

The mental strain of climate disruption hitting those on the front lines first.
But soon we’ll all be on the front lines.

Aspen Institute:

Even without experiencing severe weather first-hand, many students are grappling with the long-term impacts that climate change will have on their lives. For some, this can turn into eco-anxiety—persistent worries about their own futures and the prospects for future generations. During a K12 Climate Action listening session, Dr. Aaron Bernstein of Harvard Chan C-CHANGE shared that strong relationships with supportive adults at school can be a protective factor for eco-anxiety. Schools can also help reduce this anxiety by teaching students about climate action and how they can be part of climate solutions.

One Response to “For Wildfire Fighters, an Emotional Burden”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    “If you or someone you know is thinking about hurting themselves…”

    Please note that there is a difference between killing yourself and hurting yourself. In my decades most doctors have stopped using euphemisms like “self-harm” when probing for suicidal tendencies.

    Self-harm is a real thing to watch for (people cutting themselves, for example).

    Suicide, on the other hand, can be seen as an escape rather than self-harm. It is, technically speaking, a sure-fire solution to chronic depression, pain and/or anxiety (and can also be rationalized as a benefit to one’s family).


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