Dr. Anne Hallward, host and founder of Safe Space Radio (SafeSpaceRadio.com) and board-certified psychiatrist in Portland, will present Climate Courage and Mental Health on Tuesday, March 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. through a partnership between Prince Memorial Library (Cumberland ), Scarborough Public Library and York Public Library.
This virtual conference will explore how addressing the mental health impacts of climate change can make individuals more effective in combating it. Hallward will lead participants to explore the strengths that help find the courage to face reality, endure the painful feelings that arise, and come together to take action. In particular, she will share tools that help each participant access their own courage, so they can take actions fueled by love and clarity that lead to greater strength, connection, and impact. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with others to fully benefit from this program.
Asked about her inspiration for the topic, Hallward said: “When Safe Space Radio first started considering creating a show on climate change and mental health, I would hear my patients voice their concerns about climate change about once a week. week in my psychotherapy practice. Now, in 2022, I hear about it almost daily from my patients. People’s sense of the future seems so much heavier and more vulnerable. We have entered a new era where taking action to fight climate change has become an important step in preserving mental health.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is mandatory. To learn more and to sign up for the Zoom link, visit: https://bit.ly/ClimateCourageandMentalHealth
Hallward is passionate about creating spaces for people to talk about difficult topics so they aren’t alone with their worst struggles. Formerly a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, she co-designed and taught courses on death and dying, cultural humility, sexuality, and psychiatric interviewing. Hallward is a recipient of the Ulrich B. Jacobsohn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, the Jeanne Spurlock Award for Social Justice from the Association of Women Psychiatrists, and an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She was also recognized for her radio work with a National Gracie Award for Best Host of a Local Radio Show. Hallward speaks internationally about stigma and shame, traumatic silence, rehumanization, and emotional courage.