Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for children and adults, affecting upwards of 20% of children and adolescents over the lifespan.
Parents often say that from a very young age, they knew there was something different about their child, but did not immediately recognize it as an anxiety problem. Some waited for their child to “grow out of it”, never expecting their child to become even more debilitated over time.
Parents play an essential role in helping their child or teen manage anxiety. When coping skills and brave behaviour is rewarded and practiced in the home, children and teens can learn to face their fears, take reasonable risks, and ultimately gain confidence.
If you have any concerns regarding displays of anxiety in your child, or in yourself, please don't hesitate to make contact with one of the members of the wellbeing team (Andrea Tomlinson, Isobel Board, Lucy Walker, Sarah O'Reilly and Hayley Khaira).
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