Climate anxiety is becoming a big mental health issue

Climate anxiety, or eco-anxiety, is defined by the American Psychological Association as "a chronic fear of environmental doom".
Climate anxiety, or eco-anxiety, is defined by the American Psychological Association as "a chronic fear of environmental doom".PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

SINGAPORE - When a massive iceberg broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica in 2017 - an unmistakable sign of global warming - Mr Aidan Mock, reading the news some 9,400km away in Singapore, was seized by a deep grief.

The 26-year-old says: "For some reason, that geologic event, which seemed very irreversible, really affected me. It was not something we can humanly intervene upon anymore. It was a moment where I understood and struggled to accept the irreversibility of the predicament we are in with climate change."

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