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Anxiety Resources for Young People

Anxiety can be a scary thing but here are all our resources that might help. For other resources that might be relevant, please check one of the related keywords below:

Exam Stress Mental Health Panic Attacks

Here are the resources we found for anxiety for young people:

‘54321’: a simple relaxation strategy for times of anxiety or stress

(Featured resource)In this video, Dr. Pooky Knightsmith shares a simple ‘54321’ strategy for relaxation and grounding that can be particularly helpful at times of high anxiety or stress.

How to Cope with Anxiety

We’re all different and we all feel different things. Millions of years ago, we relied on anxiety to protect us from dangerous things like wild animals. Anxiety does the same thing today but it tries to protect us from a lot of things like exam stress, family problems and new places. If you think anxiety is taking over your life, talk to someone; a trusted adult, a friend or a Childline counsellor.

Read. Regard. React.

In this video, Ben talks you through the ways you can help someone with anxiety. Using the three simple steps in this video you could help anyone who is experiencing anxiety.

The Symptoms of General Anxiety and Panic Disorder

This video explains the symptoms of panic attacks and General Anxiety Disorder. It explains how you can help someone who is suffering from these conditions and how you may get help if you’re suffering from them yourself.

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The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

ReachOut

ReachOut is a leading online mental health organisation for young people, providing practical support to help them get through everything from everyday issues to tough times. The website is full of apps and tools that young people can use as well as information to help educate and advise young people about their mental health.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Anxiety

This page from the Black Country CAMHS site provides an introduction to anxiety, including generalised anxiety and social anxiety. It includes tips to support young people, and a set of additional links.

Depression and Anxiety

Friends are often the first to notice or to know that someone is struggling with a problem. A person who is worried about their changes in moods, thoughts or behaviours will often confide in a friend. A friend may therefore act as a support in helping someone confront the issue of anxiety or depression.

Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety makes us feel fearful. It can cause us to not want to do things or it can cause to over check and over think things. Anxiety responds really well to psychological treatment. Depression on the other hand makes us feel low, sad and sometimes, nothing at all - just heavy and tired.

Blog / personal article

Christmas and Mental Health – surviving the festive period with anxiety

“Tis the season to be Jolly fa la la la” … Honestly it’s the season to feel however you want to feel.

HeadStart Wolverhampton Ambassador Crissy shares her thoughts on surviving Christmas when you experience anxiety and panic attacks.

Using Social Media When You Have Social Anxiety

A very useful blog by a young woman that considers all the negative possibilities of posting pictures or comments on social media sites. She explains what goes through her head, ways she has tied to backtrack to save embarrassment, and she ends with a few good tips to safeguard against trolls and your own personal anxieties while maintaining your online life.

How I Explain Anxiety to My Friends using this Everyday Item

This blog post opens up about how Ashley explains anxiety disorders to her friends and family. Instead of going for the traditional ‘Anxiety is a disorder that affects the body because the mind creates a fight or flight response when faced with a stimulus, but it happens all the time, regardless of whether there is an actual threat’, Ashley started using an umbrella metaphor.

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SAM App

(Featured resource)SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. SAM has been developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and student users. Established methods of self-harm have been combined with high standards of usability to provide an engaging, flexible, and practical resources.

Pixel Thoughts

Pixel Thoughts is a new approach to mindfulness. The 60 second exercise involves putting your thoughts into a star and watching them disappear into space. All you have to do is type your worry in, and then watch as it slowly fades away. Following the instructions on the screen will help you practice mindfulness and hopefully feel less anxious.

For Me: The Childline App

The app from childline allows you to be in control of the content you receive. From pin based protection to mood based advice, the control is all in your hands with the For Me app from ChildLine. This app gives you access to all of Childlines content as well as one to one chat with a counsellor, and forums full of young people to share advice and tips.

BASE App

BASE has been designed to help young people manage their stress, anxiety and depression. The app allows you to write diary entries which help you keep track of when your stress and anxiety might be at its best, or worst. This will help you understand how to manage your emotions.

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Talking about Mental Health

This booklet from Together looks at different ways types of mental distress can be described. It shows that many mental health conditions are described in very different ways by different groups of people – such as doctors, people in other parts of the world, and those who experience them.

‘54321’: a simple relaxation strategy for times of anxiety or stress

(Featured resource)In this video, Dr. Pooky Knightsmith shares a simple ‘54321’ strategy for relaxation and grounding that can be particularly helpful at times of high anxiety or stress.

How to Cope with Anxiety

We’re all different and we all feel different things. Millions of years ago, we relied on anxiety to protect us from dangerous things like wild animals. Anxiety does the same thing today but it tries to protect us from a lot of things like exam stress, family problems and new places. If you think anxiety is taking over your life, talk to someone; a trusted adult, a friend or a Childline counsellor.

Read. Regard. React.

In this video, Ben talks you through the ways you can help someone with anxiety. Using the three simple steps in this video you could help anyone who is experiencing anxiety.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Anxiety

This page from the Black Country CAMHS site provides an introduction to anxiety, including generalised anxiety and social anxiety. It includes tips to support young people, and a set of additional links.

Depression and Anxiety

Friends are often the first to notice or to know that someone is struggling with a problem. A person who is worried about their changes in moods, thoughts or behaviours will often confide in a friend. A friend may therefore act as a support in helping someone confront the issue of anxiety or depression.

Blog / personal article

Christmas and Mental Health – surviving the festive period with anxiety

“Tis the season to be Jolly fa la la la” … Honestly it’s the season to feel however you want to feel.

HeadStart Wolverhampton Ambassador Crissy shares her thoughts on surviving Christmas when you experience anxiety and panic attacks.

Using Social Media When You Have Social Anxiety

A very useful blog by a young woman that considers all the negative possibilities of posting pictures or comments on social media sites. She explains what goes through her head, ways she has tied to backtrack to save embarrassment, and she ends with a few good tips to safeguard against trolls and your own personal anxieties while maintaining your online life.

How I Explain Anxiety to My Friends using this Everyday Item

This blog post opens up about how Ashley explains anxiety disorders to her friends and family. Instead of going for the traditional ‘Anxiety is a disorder that affects the body because the mind creates a fight or flight response when faced with a stimulus, but it happens all the time, regardless of whether there is an actual threat’, Ashley started using an umbrella metaphor.

App / online service View all apps / online services

SAM App

(Featured resource)SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. SAM has been developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and student users. Established methods of self-harm have been combined with high standards of usability to provide an engaging, flexible, and practical resources.

Pixel Thoughts

Pixel Thoughts is a new approach to mindfulness. The 60 second exercise involves putting your thoughts into a star and watching them disappear into space. All you have to do is type your worry in, and then watch as it slowly fades away. Following the instructions on the screen will help you practice mindfulness and hopefully feel less anxious.

For Me: The Childline App

The app from childline allows you to be in control of the content you receive. From pin based protection to mood based advice, the control is all in your hands with the For Me app from ChildLine. This app gives you access to all of Childlines content as well as one to one chat with a counsellor, and forums full of young people to share advice and tips.

Download

Talking about Mental Health

This booklet from Together looks at different ways types of mental distress can be described. It shows that many mental health conditions are described in very different ways by different groups of people – such as doctors, people in other parts of the world, and those who experience them.

‘54321’: a simple relaxation strategy for times of anxiety or stress

(Featured resource)In this video, Dr. Pooky Knightsmith shares a simple ‘54321’ strategy for relaxation and grounding that can be particularly helpful at times of high anxiety or stress.

How to Cope with Anxiety

We’re all different and we all feel different things. Millions of years ago, we relied on anxiety to protect us from dangerous things like wild animals. Anxiety does the same thing today but it tries to protect us from a lot of things like exam stress, family problems and new places. If you think anxiety is taking over your life, talk to someone; a trusted adult, a friend or a Childline counsellor.

Read. Regard. React.

In this video, Ben talks you through the ways you can help someone with anxiety. Using the three simple steps in this video you could help anyone who is experiencing anxiety.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Anxiety

This page from the Black Country CAMHS site provides an introduction to anxiety, including generalised anxiety and social anxiety. It includes tips to support young people, and a set of additional links.

Depression and Anxiety

Friends are often the first to notice or to know that someone is struggling with a problem. A person who is worried about their changes in moods, thoughts or behaviours will often confide in a friend. A friend may therefore act as a support in helping someone confront the issue of anxiety or depression.

Download

Talking about Mental Health

This booklet from Together looks at different ways types of mental distress can be described. It shows that many mental health conditions are described in very different ways by different groups of people – such as doctors, people in other parts of the world, and those who experience them.

Blog / personal article

Christmas and Mental Health – surviving the festive period with anxiety

“Tis the season to be Jolly fa la la la” … Honestly it’s the season to feel however you want to feel.

HeadStart Wolverhampton Ambassador Crissy shares her thoughts on surviving Christmas when you experience anxiety and panic attacks.

Using Social Media When You Have Social Anxiety

A very useful blog by a young woman that considers all the negative possibilities of posting pictures or comments on social media sites. She explains what goes through her head, ways she has tied to backtrack to save embarrassment, and she ends with a few good tips to safeguard against trolls and your own personal anxieties while maintaining your online life.

How I Explain Anxiety to My Friends using this Everyday Item

This blog post opens up about how Ashley explains anxiety disorders to her friends and family. Instead of going for the traditional ‘Anxiety is a disorder that affects the body because the mind creates a fight or flight response when faced with a stimulus, but it happens all the time, regardless of whether there is an actual threat’, Ashley started using an umbrella metaphor.

App / online service View all apps / online services

SAM App

(Featured resource)SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. SAM has been developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and student users. Established methods of self-harm have been combined with high standards of usability to provide an engaging, flexible, and practical resources.

Pixel Thoughts

Pixel Thoughts is a new approach to mindfulness. The 60 second exercise involves putting your thoughts into a star and watching them disappear into space. All you have to do is type your worry in, and then watch as it slowly fades away. Following the instructions on the screen will help you practice mindfulness and hopefully feel less anxious.

For Me: The Childline App

The app from childline allows you to be in control of the content you receive. From pin based protection to mood based advice, the control is all in your hands with the For Me app from ChildLine. This app gives you access to all of Childlines content as well as one to one chat with a counsellor, and forums full of young people to share advice and tips.