23 September 2016

Take 5: How can we support kids with anxiety?

Clinical Mental Health

 

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses among children and young people in Australia, with a prevalence of around 7%.

What are the best ways to help children who experience this unpleasant emotion?

“I think for kids that do experience anxiety it is hard to understand what is this weird thing that’s happening with my body,” says Professor Jennie Hudson from the Centre of Emotional Health from the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University.

“They don’t realise that it is actually a normal emotion.”

In the following five-minute video, Professor Hudson addresses these questions:

  • Should we teach kids about anxiety?
  • What are some strategies to help children cope with anxiety?
  • What would you recommend to parents who have a child with anxiety?
  • Do schools have a framework to help students with anxiety?