Anxiety is a condition that can affect anyone – it doesn’t distinguish between age, background or social group. Even some of the most confident people you know may be living with anxiety. Recent research suggests that as many as 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some point in their lives, this means that up to 5 people in your class may be living with anxiety, whether that be OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), social anxiety and shyness, exam stress, worry or panic attacks.
Many anxiety disorders begin in childhood and adolescence, and the average time a person waits to seek help for their condition (particularly for OCD and chronic worrying or GAD as it is known) is over 10 years! That is a long time to be feeling anxious.
By the end of the course, you’ll:
- understand what anxiety is
- recognise signs of anxiety disorders in children and young people
- learn strategies to help young people manage stress and anxiety and recognise what level of anxiety is ‘normal’
- be able to support children and young people experiencing everyday stresses such as exam pressures
- recognise when to bring in specialist help when levels of anxiety need treatment from qualified mental health practitioners.