I am currently working with several students who are presenting with high levels of anxiety. They show amazing courage by coming into school every day in spite of overwhelming feelings of loneliness, fear and a perceived lack of belonging within school.

Please would it be possible for all of you who teach young people who present with anxiety issues to understand how hard it is for them to enter classrooms and focus on work at that moment.

Please could staff recognise that positive relationships with peers and staff could hugely help with feelings of social isolation and works wonders in diluting the anxiety. It would be really helpful if you could make small gestures to connect emotionally with pupils, a simple hello and some reassurance would be massively appreciated.

Tips for teaching young people with anxiety issues

  • anxiety is a normal response in everyday life to motivate us to solve problems
    or avoid dangerous situations. Anxiety becomes disordered when it is more
    severe, long lasting and interrupts a person's work or relationships
  • anxiety is best overcome by confronting fears rather than avoiding them
  • avoiding feared situations enables the anxiety to grow and become stronger
  • the sooner fears are confronted the sooner they will improve
  • practice slow relaxed breathing techniques to reduce physical symptoms
  • positive talk and challenging exaggerated worries and pessimistic thoughts
    can reverse the negative thought cycle