Anxiety

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Mind (2013) describe anxiety as ‘what we feel when we are worried tense or afraid – particularly about things that are about to happen or which we think could happen in the future. Anxiety is a natural human response when we perceive that we are under threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations’.

According to Young Minds (2018) Almost 1 in 4 children and young people show some evidence of mental ill health, including anxiety and depression. 3 in 4 of those children and young people do not get access to the support they need. According a NASUWT (2016) poll of over 5000 teachers, over three quarters (79%) had reported experiencing work related anxiety.

Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Your heart beating faster

  • Breathing faster

  • More fidgety and restless

  • Sweating, getting hot, red face.

  • Change in sleeping habits.

  • Feeling light headed

  • Aches and pains (including headaches)

  • Funny feeling in your tummy

  • Feeling Sick

  • Going to the toilet more or less often

  • Having panic attacks

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, and they have been ongoing or more frequent, please seek support or additional advice from the resources below, your GP or a trusted adult.

We at SHARE work hard to normalise these physical sensations and link them to our brains natural responses. By educating teachers, parents, students about our fight, flight, freeze responses, we can understand that this is how our bodies protect us from perceived danger. See video for more info: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNY0AAUtH3g

SHARE can support a whole-school approach to anxiety by offering:

  • Student assemblies, groups, drop ins

  • Staff training

  • Leaflets/resources

  • Topic board

  • Parent sessions

  • Transition work

For further information and support

https://stem4.org.uk/depression-anxiety/identification/ (anxiety affecting teenagers)

https://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/i-am-feeling/i-feel-anxious/ (aimed at university students but for all young people)

 https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/anxiety-information/young-people-and-anxiety/ (section on young people with anxiety)