Empowering Students to Overcome Climate Anxiety

When it comes to climate change, studies have shown that youth are more likely to report mental health concerns in comparison to older generations. In this webinar we are joined by two nursing professionals, Natania Abebe, a double master’s graduate in Nursing and Public Health and Raluca Radu, lecturer in the School of Nursing from the University of British Columbia, to talk about the relationship between climate change and mental health. Our guests will present an interactive resource toolkit that was developed as part of Natania’s graduate project which focused on climate change and mental health. This presentation aims to explore strategies for supporting students experiencing eco-anxiety. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

Presenter Bios

Raluca Radu is a nursing professional working as a Lecturer at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing in Vancouver. In her role at UBC she teaches within the BSN program and leads a Health Impacts of Climate Change course taught to undergraduate students from diverse professional disciplines. Ms. Radu also serves as an active member of the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment at the national and provincial levels. At an international scale she is involved with the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education Nursing Working Group. Ms. Radu has been instrumental in advancing knowledge situated at the intersection of climate change and human health as a result of her involvement in the academic and NGO-sectors, which has supported her ongoing growth in this sphere. (Twitter handle: @_Raluca_R)

Natania Abebe is an experienced registered nurse whose clinical expertise is in mental health and public health. She recently completed a double master’s degree in nursing and public health at the University of British Columbia. Having worked in both Ontario and British Columbia, Natania’s interests include health promotion, knowledge translation, gender equality, anti-racist health care approaches and media and health. Some of the projects Natania is involved with include her work as the co-founder of Stars in a Jar and the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in British Columbia. Additionally, Natania is a filmmaker. Her film, Just a Nurse won an international film campaign and was subsequently translated into Spanish by the General Council of Spain and screened at LucasFilm Studios.

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