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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.
Alternatively, you can make a referral or get advice about wellbeing and mental health support services from the Emotional Wellbeing Hub
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’.
YoungMinds Charity have the Parents Lounge with lots of 20 minute activity ideas, conversation starters and resources which includes this really good video chat session on 'managing anxiety in children'...
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).
Where can I find a useful health and wellbeing App?
If you are looking for helpful phone Apps that can provide some in-hand support to a young person struggling with emotional issues, please see our list of the best emotional wellbeing Apps reviewed by young people.
Who can I speak to for advice?
If you are concerned about the mental health of a child or young person aged 0-25, please contact the Suffolk Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing Hub to get advice or make a referral.
Other services you can contact for support:
YoungMinds Parent Helpline
Call: 0808 802 5544. Their helpline is available Monday-Friday, from 9.30am to 4pm.
The YoungMinds helpline has trained advisers who offer friendly and confidential advice to help answer your questions.
(YoungMinds currently have a new Take20 campaign - activities you could do in twenty minutes with your child to help talk to them about how they feel.)
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)