Climate change is the greatest crisis facing humanity today. Yet frustration over global action remains and its causing people to feel increasingly more anxious about the future.

Anxiety about climate change is real and, as a recent survey found, it’s most prevalent among young people. Dealing with climate anxiety is something many are facing alone and it’s having a serious impact on mental health and wellbeing. It’s a critical issue that can’t be ignored and, whatever your views on the outcome of COP26, it’s clear that this is an issue that’s not going away anytime soon. 

In response, UEA has launched a partnership with the mental health charity Norfolk and Waveney Mind and the Climate Psychology Alliance. The sUStain project will address climate anxiety and help support our student community.

Find out more about these events below.


sUStain Climate Cafes with Norfolk and Waveney Mind

Concerned about loss of biodiversity, the climate crisis and extreme weather events? Come to a friendly facilitated space to talk about how you are feeling. Talking with like-minded others can help us find or revive, our agency and compassionate resourcefulness, rather than leaning into despair. Free. Open to all UEA students. Tea, coffee and snacks provided. Facilitated by Norfolk and Waveney Mind staff and UEA student volunteers.


UEA Monthly Climate Cafés

Next ones:
Tuesday 7th February and Tuesday 7th March 2023
Time: 3.30pm-4.30pm
Location: The SIZ Annex


Active Hope Book Group mentoring session

Interested in setting up your own Active Hope Book Group?
Tips, links, connections and resources. Facilitated by Norfolk and Waveney Mind.
Thurs 23rd Feb. 2023
Time: 6pm-7pm
Book here
We hope to run more Mindfulness and Active Hope Courses in the future.
Visit Norfolk and Waveney Mind for more details.


Act now!

Research shows that giving yourself agency can improve your wellbeing and benefit those around you. And there are plenty of ways to do just that.  

Norfolk and Waveney Mind are looking for UEA student volunteers to steer the sUStain project, co-design wellbeing workshops and help run Climate Cafés. Contact Caroline Fernandez at Norfolk and Waveney Mind ( or click the link below for more information.

UEA’s climate science is world-renowned and highly influential. Whether undergraduate or postgraduate, you can be part of that story. Explore courses in UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences, Critical Decade PhD studentships, or click the button below and pay us a visit.

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Seek support

Current UEA students can seek support through Student Services for all issues relating to mental health and wellbeing – including eco-anxiety.

Find out more

Read more about climate research at UEA, eco-anxiety and outreach programmes addressing climate change with young people across Norfolk and beyond.



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