RiotAct: Community support is the way to beat distressing times, says Canberra doctor 



There are clear parallels with society’s response to the summer’s bushfires and the coronavirus outbreak--and as a community, we must work together, says Dr Arnagretta Hunter. 

“One of my best bits of advice, when I was talking to people about how to protect about heatwaves, was to work with your local community. 

"Know who your neighbours are. Know who might need an extra hand and offer assistance when you can. 

 “With climate anxiety, one of the effective strategies from a mental health perspective is to do stuff. Your actions can be really helpful to take care of yourself by also taking care of your community. 

 “Maybe don’t shake their hand or give them a hug, but being able to check that people are okay by helping out with shopping will help with the emotional stresses, not just now, but into the future.” 

 The article is in response to the Climate Council's report,  Summer of Crisis.

Read the full article which was published in the RiotAct! on 19 March 2020

Image: Sebastiaan Jansen Munday


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