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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a ‘normal’ human feeling of fear or panic. Most people will experience anxiety at some point and it is a ‘normal’ reaction to some situations. An example of this might be during exam times, job interviews or a presentation in front of an audience. Once the situation is over the feelings of anxiety will go.

When does anxiety become a problem?

When anxiety becomes a problem, our worries can be out of proportion with relatively harmless situations. It can feel more intense or overwhelming, and interfere with our everyday lives and relationships.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

•feeling nervous, on edge, or panicky all the time

•feeling overwhelmed or full of dread

•feeling out of control

•having trouble sleeping

•low appetite

•finding it difficult to concentrate

•feeling tired and grumpy

•heart beating really fast or thinking you’re having a heart attack

•having a dry mouth

•stomach cramps and/or diarrhoea/needing to urinate more than usual

•sweating more than usual

Where can you get help and support outside of school?

  • Relax Kids - free resources on anxiety, depression, mindfulness and anger management. 
  • Kooth - lots of resources to support emotional well-being, also offers one to one counselling.
  • CBBC Newsround - short films to support children. 
  • Public Health England - advice for parents.
  • Anna Freud Centre - services for different wellbeing concerns. 
  • Anxiety UK - charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774
  • Bipolar UKa charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder 
  • CALM - calm is a campaign against living miserably for men aged 15 - 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58
  • Mental health foundation - provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities
  • MIND - Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems Phone: 0300 123 3393 
  • No paniccharity offering support to sufferers of panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). They offer a course to help overcome phobias or OCD. Phone: 0844 967 4848
  • OCD UK Charity run by people with OCD for people with OCD. Phone: 0333 212 7890
  • PAPYRUSyoung suicide prevention society Phone – HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141
  • Rethink mental illnesssupport and advice for people with mental illness Phone: 0300 5000 927 
  • Samaritans - confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24 hours a day)
  • Saneemotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. Phone Saneline: 0300 304 7000. Sane offer a textcare service that provides comfort and care in a text message.
  • Young mindsinformation on child and adolescent mental health, services for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents helpline 0808 802 5544
  • Parentingfamily lives – advice and support on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying. Phone: 0808 800 2222
  • The Mix - essential support for under 25s - 0808 808 4994