Anxiety can become a problem when a young person feels stuck in it, or when it feels like an overwhelming, distressing or unmanageable experience. If this kind of worrying goes on for a long time, it can leave a young person feeling exhausted and isolated, and limit the things they feel able to do.
If your child is struggling with anxiety, there are things you can do to help them – including providing emotional support, working on practical strategies together and finding the right professional help if they need it.
A young person may feel anxious for a number of different reasons, depending on the individual. If your child is feeling unmanageable amounts of worry and fear, this is often a sign that something in their life isn’t right and they need support to work out what the problem is.
You can help to support your child by:
You can speak with your GP if your child is struggling with anxiety. They may refer your child to additional support such as Kooth, I-Thrive or Bolton CAMHS. If you would like some support yourself you can access online counselling and self-help support via www.qwell.io or Bolton’s Parent/Carer Peer Support Programme https://bolton-together.org.uk/parent-peer-support-programme-referral-form/
Help for parents/carers to support their child with their anxiety
Getting Help for your child
Tips for parents on how to make a worry box to help them support their child
Understanding how stress and anxiety can build up in a person’s life
Oxford Health have produced a series of self-help videos about anxiety for parents and carers
A self-help video by Oxford Health about how parents can help if their child has anxiety
Produced by Bolton’s Educational Psychology Service and Bolton CAMHS to support parents and carers in helping their children when they are feeling anxious, nervous or worried