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You’re probably viewing this because your child scored high on the domain of anxiety in My Mind Check.

First, My Mind Check does not make a diagnosis. There are many reasons that a young person might report high anxiety on any single check-in. There’s no reason to be alarmed, but it might be useful to know a little more about anxiety to help you to decide about further actions. 

Children and young people who are anxious often feel worried or tense. They might fear certain objects or situations and even try to avoid them. Feeling anxious can be a normal response to uncertain or stressful situations.

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Your child may or may not be able to tell you what they are anxious about.

They might experience physical symptoms, including stomach aches, muscle tension, tiredness and shaking. It’s their body’s way of alerting them and keeping them safe. For some, anxiety may significantly affect their willingness and ability to do things they need or want to do, such as participating in class, making new friends and doing homework.  

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Fact sheets

Supporting a child with anxiety

Includes parent strategies for how to support a child to manage their anxiety
4-12 years

Understanding anxiety – for friends & family

Information for parents on the symptoms and types of anxiety with useful stratgeies to support young people
12-25 years

Programs

If you think your child’s anxiety is impacting their daily life or stopping them from doing things they want to do, there are a range of evidence-based programs available for anxiety which may help.

The Brave Program

An interactive, online program for the prevention and treatment of child and adolescent anxiety

Referral required
No

Costs
Free

3-17 years

Cool Kids Online

An online cognitive behavioural program with therapist support for childhood anxiety

Referral required
No

Costs
Yes

7-12 years

Chilled Out Online

An online cognitive behavioural program with therapist support for anxiety in teenagers

Referral required
No

Costs
Yes

13-17 years

Cool Little Kids

An online cognitive behavioural program with therapist support for childhood anxiety

Referral required
No

Costs
Yes

3-6 years

Fear Less Triple P Online

An online cognitive behavioural program with therapist support for childhood anxiety

Referral required
No

Costs
Free

6-14 years

This Way Up Teen Worry and Sadness Program

Therapist-supported online treatment program designed to teach teens how to manage feelings of stress, anxiety, worry and low mood

Referral required
Yes

Costs
Free

12-17 years

Service finders

If you are seeking support for your child’s anxiety concerns, use these service finders to explore what services may be appropriate.

Head to Health

Provides resources to help your child understand and manage what they’re feeling and connect them to mental health support

Headspace

Find a headspace centre for your child. Headspace centres are located throughout Australia and are staffed with people who are trained and ready to help

Headspace Regional Phone Counselling Service

Provides support to students living in areas with less accessibility to mental health services by providing digital mental health support via credentialled clinicians during school hours

Find a GP (General Practitioner)

Find a GP suitable for your child’s needs, with options to search for bulk billing practices, opening hours, access needs, and location

Find a Psychologist

Find a psychologist suitable for your child’s needs, with options to search by issue and location. Your child may wish to see a GP prior to making an appointment with a psychologist, to gain a referral or Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from the GP