The Young People with Anxiety Project
The Young People with Anxiety Project began in late 2007. Anxiety UK received a number of calls from concerned parents about how they could support their children with anxiety as well as how to protect them from passing on their own anxiety issues. We also had a number of calls from young people, who were unsure of how to get help, support or therapy. It seemed that their was a gap in services aimed at young people with anxiety with many being unable to access child and adolescent specialist services. We are lucky enough to have Dr Samantha Cartwright-Hatton, a leading expert in child anxiety, as one of our patrons and she acted as a consultant in the initial stages of the project.
It all began with 2 workshops, based in London and Manchester and was aimed at anxious parents. Following on from this, a series of 5 workshops across the UK were held. The workshops were aimed at therapists and professionals working with children and young people in a variety of settings. The worshops utilised the MacQuarie University ‘Cool Kids’ workbooks (an evidence based CBT program) and were hosted by Professor Ron Rapee from MacQuarie University, Sydney.We had fantastic feedback about the content and quality of these workshops.
The final stage of the project was to produce a booklet for parents and young people, along with a DVD aimed at schools. These are now available to download or purchase below. We would like to thank the Lewis Family Charitable Trust for all of their help and support on this project. Without them, the Young People with Anxiety Project would never have been undertaken.
You can purchase copies of any of these resources from the Anxiety UK shop by clicking the links below.
Stress and Depression (5-9) Information Video
Stress and Depression (14-19) Information Video
Anxiety UK resources
Children And Anxiety Booklet
This booklet has been designed with information for young people and their parents/carers. It contains details about anxiety disorders, sources of help and support, how best a parent can help their child, along with information about how best to liaise with schools or get a SENCO assessment. The leaflet has been designed with 2 front covers, which will enable carers to use it with a young person as an initial guide to anxiety, and young people can use it to explain to their parents the ways that they can help them.
Statutory organizations and businesses (NHS Trusts, Council departments, Schools/College etc) – £6.00
Non statutory organizations – charities, voluntary groups, individuals – £3.00
Children And Anxiety DVD
This DVD has been produced with schools and youth organisations in mind. It recounts the stories of 3 young people who have suffered with a range of anxiety conditions. The DVD is accompanied by a downloadable pack, that contains information on its relevance to the PSHE keystage 4 Personal Wellbeing program (along with its relevance to SEAL) and activities that can be used alongside the DVD to develop lesson plans and encourage discussion of mental wellbeing in the classroom.
Statutory organizations and businesses (NHS Trusts, Council departments, Schools/College etc) – £10.00
Non statutory organizations – charities, voluntary groups, individuals – £5.00
Coping with an anxious or depressed child by Dr Sam Cartwright-Hatton This book has been written by Anxiety UK Patron and leading researcher on child anxiety, Dr Sam Cartwright-Hatton. It offers practical advice about managing your child”s anxiety and includes worksheets, tips on the use of praise or consequences and how you can engage the school in helping your child. It is a great first read for parents who are struggling to manage their child”s behaviour, and helps parents decide which treatment or therapist would provide the most help.
Children And Anxiety Factsheet
Anxiety UK Member Price : £1.50 (Save £0.70)
The Theory & Practice of Anxiety Management – Dr Eddie McNamara
This book, written by an educational psychologist, is an excellent resource for any parent who has a child experiencing difficulties with anxiety (school phobia, insect/animal phobias, panic attacks etc.)
Anxiety UK Non Member Price : £6.50
Anxiety UK Member Price : £5.50 (Save £1.00)
‘Cool Kids’ Parent’s Workbook (child version)
This booklet is aimed at parents of anxious children and is used in conjunction with the child and therapist workbooks to manage child anxiety. It is aimed at practitioners delivering the Cool Kids Program.
Price : £15.00
‘Cool Kids’ Parent’s Workbook (adolescent version)
This booklet is aimed at parents of anxious adolescents and is used in conjunction with the sufferer.
Price : £15.00
Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust has produced two useful booklets for young people with OCD and their parents/carers. To download a free copy, click on the relevant link below: