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.
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.
YoungMinds is one of the leading organisations using their voice to talk about the mental health of young people. This webpage is all about anxiety and covers what anxiety is, the symptoms of anxiety, what to do when you notice anxiety is becoming a problem and how anxiety is treated. This webpage could be the first step in opening the conversation about anxiety and working out how to manage your anxiety. Remember, feeling anxious is normal but when it interrupts your daily life, you need to talk to someone.
Everyone gets anxious at times in their life. It’s a healthy emotion and a normal reaction to any situation where you are under threat of any kind. Anxiety is basically a state of worry and fear about something that might go wrong for you.
On this webpage, you can find information about what things can trigger feels of anxiety, what can happen to your mind and body when you get anxious, different types of anxiety such as health anxiety, social anxiety, phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and generalised anxiety disorder, and how you can learn to cope with stress in day to day life.
Anxiety can occur when a person feels vulnerable, fearful, nervous or worried about something. This webpage from The Children’s society covers the topics of what causes anxiety, anxiety in children and teenagers, how to control anxiety, and the top apps to use to help with anxiety.
Managing Your Anxiety
This webpage is all about managing your anxiety. It includes tricks and tips of how to manage your anxiety, videos that may help you when you’re experiencing anxiety and how to cope with stress. Remember that everyone suffers with anxiety from time to time, and it is completely normal to experience feelings of anxiety.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience but becomes a mental health problem when someone finds they are feeling this way all or most of the time. You might think of anxiety as feeling stressed, tense, worried, uneasy or scared. This webpage from Time to Change covers anxiety and panic attacks as mental health problems.
Stress, Anxiety and Depression
This is a one stop location with links to help support many mental health concerns. The information provided by the NHS should be used in conjunction with GP appointments to help aid mental health treatment plans.
Help for Anxiety and Panic
Everyone feels anxious sometimes, and it is a normal response to one of life’s challenges, like exams or moving home. If worrying starts to take over and gets in the way of living life, then we might have an anxiety problem.
The A to Z of Mental Health | Mental Health Foundation
A really helpful glossary of mental health from the Mental Health Foundation.
We all go through times in life when we feel worried about a particular event or about something new we have to do. You might already notice people you know who seem to worry a lot and others who just seem to take things in their stride. Neither of these ways is wrong or right, we just all react to things differently.
Anxiety is a type of fear usually associated with the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, but can also arise from something happening right now. One in six people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem such as depression or anxiety. It is also likely that individuals do not seek help for significant levels of anxiety, meaning that many remain without a diagnosis or treatment.
Depression and Anxiety – Identification
Anxiety and depression are serious problems for teenagers. Common features of anxiety include tension, worry, frustration, irritability, sadness and withdrawal. Common features of depression include hopelessness, sadness, irritability and anger, isolation, withdrawal and worthlessness. Young people do not often express their anxiety or depression in a straightforward way and can show they are affected through passive or negative behaviours.
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.