Child and adolescent mental health

Anxiety disorders for professionals

Kids worry about..

Worries about the world

There are a lot of things children and young people worry about that are going on in the UK and the world at the moment. Here you will find a few of these issues and how to support children you are working with. Click on the red circles for more information.

Worries about school

School is a huge part of a child's life, but it doesn't come without its problems, and children may worry about a lot of things. Here you will find some advice for teachers on how to support children and young people. Click on the red circles for more information.

Other worries

Websites and webpages

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The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health aims to raise standards in the understanding and management of child mental health issues. Its membership comprises a diverse group of clinicians, practitioners and world-leading child mental health researchers, working across an array of child and adolescent mental health domains. They are committed to sharing information and best practice across the UK. 

Their anxiety disorders guide includes fully sourced information about anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, as well as upcoming ACAMH events, blogs, journal articles, videos and podcasts in anxiety disorders.

For health professionals

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stem4 is a teenage mental health charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage. Young people have just as much right to accessing facts about good mental health as they do good physical health, and yet there is a lack of accurate information. 

There is information for health professionals about anxiety in young people and how to support them.

For teachers

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Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Their aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils. 

 

Their page on anxiety helps teachers spot the signs of anxiety in children, signposts ways of learning more about anxiety disorders in children, and gives some top tips on helping the child, 

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stem4 is a teenage mental health charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage. Young people have just as much right to accessing facts about good mental health as they do good physical health, and yet there is a lack of accurate information. 

There is information for teachers about anxiety in young people, including four suggestions for change.

Resources

This review concerns the assessment and treatment of specific phobias, separation anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia. Evidence-based psychological treatments (CBT) for these disorders have been developed and investigated. Iin recent years promising low-intensity versions of CBT interventions have been proposed that offer a means to increase access to evidence-based treatments. There is some evidence of effectiveness of pharmacological treatments for anxiety disorders in children and young people, however, routine prescription is not recommended due to concerns about potential harm. BMJ article.

Videos

Louise McKnight is helping teachers identify anxiety in young people after her struggle with the condition made her drop out of school.

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