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Anxiety in children - information and advice for parents and carers

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Spotting the signs of anxiety in children and young people

The NHS Choices website has a useful section titled 'anxiety disorders in children’, aimed at parent/carers. Their information includes how to recognise the signs and symptoms, and the different types of anxiety in children. 

My child has anxiety, what should I do?

Make an appointment at your GP surgery to talk about your concerns on your own or with your child, or your child can make an appointment without you. 

Encourage your child to eat healthy and staying active can help with their anxiety. Show them that you care and want to understand why they feel anxious. You can also find out if their school or college provides counselling for pupils/students. 

Where can I find useful resources?

The Royal College of Psychiatrists website has some good tips for how parents and carers can help stop their child being anxious on their page - ‘worries and anxiety-helping children to cope:information for parents and carers’. 

Where can I find local support groups and organisations who can help?

Here is a list of local support services and organisations for anxiety (you can filter the list to find what you need).

Who can I speak to for advice?

The YoungMinds helpline have trained advisers who offer friendly and confidential advice to help answer your questions.

YoungMinds Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544

Helpline available Monday-Friday, from 9.30am to 4pm.

Suffolk School Nursing - ChatHealth Text Service

Text 07507 333356 for confidential health advice from the school nurse (available Mon-Fri 9.30am to 4.30pm)

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