Climate Mental Health

Supporting healthy and safe engagement with student mental health needs due to climate change in K-12 schools

About The Study

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), the University of California, Berkeley, and the Climate Mental Health Network are seeking participants for a research study of middle school teachers to learn more about student emotions related to climate change, and what resources would help educators respond to and support those reactions in their classrooms.

This study is currently in progress and we are no longer accepting new participants.

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Middle School Teacher
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Are You Eligible?

You are eligible for this study if you:

  • Speak English
  • Currently work as a teacher serving middle school students (5th-8th grade) 
  • Work at a public school (or public charter school) in the United States
  • Have access to a private, Wi-Fi-connected computer, tablet, or phone with video capabilities

And identify with at least ONE of the following:

  • Have ever taught about climate change or related environmental issues.
  • Have ever encountered a student who was experiencing negative emotions related to learning about climate change, or due to being directly impacted by an extreme weather event (such as a major flood, hurricane, tornado, fire, heatwave, drought, or other).
  • Currently teach in a school district that has been impacted by an extreme weather event in the last five years.

Note: You are not eligible for this study if you are currently receiving or pursuing grant funding from the National Environmental Education Foundation.

What Will You Be Asked To Do?

Online Survey
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Complete one 20-minute online survey.

Focus Group
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Participate in one 90-minute online focus group meeting.


You will receive $100 for participating in the focus group and $20 for completing the survey.



This study is currently in progress and we are no longer accepting new participants.

IRB Approval #2022-10-15699


Climate Mental Health Study Partners' logos: Climate Mental Health Network, NEEF, University of California Museum of Paleontology

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