Holly Willoughby says her children are struggling with eco-anxiety
Holly Willoughby has said that her children's mental health has been affected by climate change.
The 39-year-old, who is mum to sons Chester and Harry and daughter Belle, was chatting to two activists on This Morning today who admitted that they suffered from eco-anxiety.
Pippa Best told Holly and co-host Phillip Schofield: "It's something that's I've always been concerned about… we desperately want to do something and we often feel powerless."
She also admitted that if she read too much about climate change she often struggled to sleep.
Meanwhile Ellie Smith said that, despite struggling from anxiety, said she "wants people to feel that it's alright to feel anxious or scared".
Describing her eco-anxiety symptoms, Ellie said she suffered from chest tightening, heart palpitations, insomnia.
Holly then spoke about how her three children had been impacted by the raised awareness of climate change.
She said: "I've got my three children and they watch Newsround, it's something that's part of school, they watch it. They come home and more recently I notice that they talk about it a lot. We've always been quite environmental in our home, as much as we can.
"But they're talking about it in a different way now, the same as what you've seen with the bush fires, all sorts of things. And they do worry about it.
"Their questioning has changed, actually it's become quite fearful and I'm wondering as a parent, how do we deal with that? Because it's not just affecting adults, it is affecting our children too."
Climate psychologist Dr Patrick Kennedy-Williams admitted that he and others in the field had been contacted over similar worries
He said: "I'm a parent as well and I'm having to answer really difficult questions about the climate that I may not know the answer to or that I might want to protect my children from."
*This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV
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