Transformation Seminars 

The Transformation Seminars are a series of free online events where we contemplate the future of children and young people’s mental health. Join us as we ask some of the most eminent names in mental health: what would most contribute to a transformation of our approach to mental health?

About this webinar

17:30 - 18:45 Wednesday 13th July 2022

In this seminar, Dr Emma Lawrance explores the under appreciated connections between climate change and mental health. Increasing awareness and experiences of climate change brings key questions: how are children, young people and their parents responding emotionally and psychologically? What are the implications for a generation inheriting an existential threat? What are the impacts on mental health and what coping strategies are most protective? What does it mean to be mentally healthy in the face of a society requiring radical transformations? How can we create a society that enables people to flourish and thrive?


Creating the societies of a safer climate future and securing good mental health require many of the same transformations, meaning there are many possibilities for win-win outcomes. Climate mitigation and adaptation actions to create cleaner air, reduce inequalities, increase biodiversity, support active lifestyles, reduce materialism and build community resilience, substantially overlap with the social and environmental determinants of good mental health.


Moreover, connected and supportive communities with widespread knowledge on mental health and emotional wellbeing are what we need to cope with and respond to the climate crisis. Such communities, with mental health expertise more widely embedded through social institutions, are also increasingly being recognised as a foundation of mental health prevention and integrative treatment models. Children and young people distressed by a changing climate need opportunities to build hope, agency and take collective action, whether with their families or like-minded community groups.


This seminar will consider the interdependencies between climate change, climate action and mental health, and encourage participants to use the power of imagination and active hope to work for a safer, healthier, fairer future. 



The format of the Transformation Seminars are:

17:20 - 17:30   Registration (log-in to online seminar)

17:30 - 18:15   Transformation seminar

18:15 - 18:45   Audience Q&A


This event will include BSL interpreters. Interpretation will be available for those joining the seminar on a PC or laptop.

There will be automatic subtitles available.

Systems requirements for online event

The online platform Zoom Webinar will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this event. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

13th July 2022
  • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 17:30 - 18:45 (UK - GMT)



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