- anxiety -

for young people

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.

Anxiety is a condition that can affect anyone – regardless of age or background. Recent research suggests as many as 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some point in their life.

Most people understand what it’s like to feel anxious – whether it’s exam stress, things going on at home, public speaking, an important sports event or even a date – most people have felt apprehensive, nervous and uneasy. Some people can feel sick, or experience rapid heartbeat or feel sweaty. And that’s OK – that’s how your brain responds to anxious feelings.

 

However, for some people those feelings don’t go away, even when the situation that made them anxious has passed. For others, anxiety can be a constant issue, or be triggered by the type of things we do every day – like walking out your front door.

 

Anxiety can affect you in many ways with both physical and emotional symptoms. A few of the more common ones include:

  • Feeling restless or worried

  • Having trouble concentrating

  • Struggling to sleep – or having disturbed sleep

  • Feeling sick, dizzy or sweaty

  • Heart palpitations (that feeling where your heart is racing)

  • Change in appetite

There are lots of different forms of anxiety, which can affect people differently. Some you may have heard of include OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), GAD (general anxiety disorder), Panic Disorders, Social Anxiety Disorder, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and Separation Anxiety.

 

Left untreated, anxiety can become a real problem for some people – they can struggle to cope with exhaustion, and start avoiding certain situations. They may feel unable to cope, and start withdrawing from activities, and people, they like. A lot of anxiety disorders start in childhood – and the average amount of people can wait more than 10 years before getting help. That’s a long time to wait if you’re feeling unhappy and anxious.

 

The good news is there are lots of ways to help people deal with anxiety disorders, and lots of organisations and professionals waiting to help you. We’ve put together a list of some of them below.

- Useful Links -

Find out what causes Anxiety and what you can do to feel better.

Explains anxiety and panic attacks, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support.

What can happen when you get anxious?

Learn more about anxiety and read about other people's own experiences.

What is anxiety and how do you get it?

This information describes the different types of anxiety you might feel as a young person and how it is treated.

- Who to contact -

If you are already accessing one of our services you can see how to contact us by checking your service page here, or talking to us on live chat.

Crisis Text Line UK

Text SHOUT to 85258 

Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK for those experiencing a mental health crisis. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

No Panic Youth Helpline

Phone 0330 606 1174 (Charges apply)

The helpline is open between 3pm and 6pm Monday to Friday, 6pm and 8pm Thursday and Saturday.

The Mix

Freephone 0808 808 4994 (13:00-23:00 daily) or visit their site using the button below

If you're under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat.

Childline

Freephone 0800 1111 or visit their site using the button below

If you're under 19 you can call, email or even chat online with a counsellor about anything.

Kooth

Click the button below to visit their site

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people, you can chat via their website between 12pm and 10pm through Monday to Friday or 6pm and 10 pm on Saturday or Sunday