On the theme of ‘anxiety’, this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is from 15 to 21 May.
Children and adults can experience anxiety at any stage in life, as a natural emotion in all of us, but it can become a mental health problem when it gets out of control or increases to a level where our ability to function in everyday life is significantly impacted.
With the focus on anxiety as part of this year’s national week the aim is to both raise awareness and flag the sources of support for adults, children and young people. The website below provides a wide range of resources for support and how to get involved with the events of the week.
Support for anxiety in children and young people.
There is a wealth of resources and agencies who can support parents who may have children and young people experiencing anxiety issues.
Online resources that can be accessed from a range of organisations include:
- Locally, Hampshire CAMHS have advice, resources and even their referral pathways available on their website. The site is organised for young people, parents/carers as well as professionals and it has a wealth of information about anxiety; its signs and symptoms as well as strategies and techniques for supporting an anxious child or young person.
The link below takes you directly to the Parents/Carers section, where you can locate links to help for a range of issues –
More specifically information and help about anxiety can be found here – https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/help/parents-carers/anxiety-professionals/
In this section there is a really useful workbook that provides you and your child with an explanation about anxiety, and how it is a natural reaction that we can all experience in our lives, whatever age we are. Included in the book are lots of proven techniques for helping us to deal with anxiety when it happens.
As a parent/carer it is a great tool to use with your child. You can discuss how they are feeling, why their body might feel the way it does when they are anxious, what might be the prompting events that lead to anxious feelings, and what you can learn to do when you are feeling anxious.
At school, members of our pastoral team are available to help, support if you have concerns about your child and any anxieties that they may be experiencing. (Pastoral team – Mrs Adams/Mrs Selwood/Mrs West)