How to help a child with anxiety


Every young person and adult will experience some form of anxiety from time to time. This is a perfectly natural response to help avoid dangerous situations and providing the motivation to deal with everyday issues and challenges. Like other mental health conditions, anxiety can present in mild to severe forms, ranging from a young person feeling slightly uneasy to a full-scale all-consuming panic attack, with symptoms lasting from a few moments to many years. You may need to know how to help a child with anxiety.

For young people, anxiety is usually triggered by stress. This can result from environmental factors like dealing with a traumatic event or the fluctuations in personal relationships, to the worries at school or with finances. In addition, medical factors can also impact on a young person’s anxiety, including asthma, infections, illness and side effects from medication.


There are many possible symptoms of anxiety

Ranging from key physical issues, like chest pain, breathing irregularities to psychological responses like restlessness, poor
concentration and excessive fear and worry.

A young person suffering with heightened anxiety may be reluctant to go to school, need unusual amounts of reassurance from their care givers and friends and appear increasingly withdrawn from social events. In addition, at school, a young person may withdraw from friends and teachers, be excessively quiet, become unreliable with deadlines and routines as well as show physical signs of stress and anxiousness.

Delegates attending a 2-day Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, with Head First Ltd, will look closely at depression, anxiety disorders and wellbeing strategies and consider the signs and symptoms, risk factors, warning signs and recommended Mental Health First Aid approaches. You will also learn how to help a child with anxiety. In addition, the course manual (included for all delegates to take away after the course) contains many helpful resources, publications, organisations and self-help strategies to help a young person with these conditions.

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