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Do you know a student with anxiety?

Or has one of your students scored high on the anxiety domain in My Mind Check?

First, My Mind Check does not make a diagnosis. There are many reasons that may explain why a student might report high anxiety.

Students with anxiety often feel worried or tense, and they may fear certain situations or objects, even trying to avoid them. Feeling anxious can be a normal response to uncertain or stressful situations. However, you may have observed that for some students, anxiety significantly affects their life. It can impact their relationships and ability to learn and engage. It can cause them to stop doing the things they need and want to do; for example, completing homework and making new friends.

 

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A student might not be able to tell you what they are worried about.

They might not be able to pinpoint what’s troubling them, despite feeling comfortable to share their concerns with you. Other students might not know you well enough or might feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. Regardless of what is happening for your student, it’s important to validate their perspective.

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Fact sheets

Anxiety in primary school-aged children

Information about how to recognise and understand anxiety

5-12 years

When anxiety is a problem

Information about the signs and symptoms of anxiety in young people

12-25 years

Supporting students with anxiety in a school setting

Resources for supporting students with anxiety

School-aged children and young people

Programs

If you think your student’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

Ages 3-17

Cool Kids Online

An online cognitive behavioural program with therapist phone support for childhood anxiety

Referral required
No

Costs
Yes

Ages 7-12

Chilled Out Online

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

Referral required
No

Costs
Yes

Ages 13-17

Cool Little Kids

An online cognitive behavioural program with therapist support for childhood anxiety

Referral required
No

Costs
Yes

Ages 3-6

Fear-Less Triple P Online

An online cognitive behavioural program with therapist support for childhood anxiety

Referral required
No

Costs
Free

Ages 6-14

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 mood

Referral required
Yes

Costs
Free (with prescription)

Ages 12-17

MoodGym

An interactive online self-help program for preventing and coping with depression and anxiety

Referral required
No

Costs
Free

Ages 14+

Service finders

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

Head to Health

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

Headspace

Find a headspace centre for your student. 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 student’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 student’s needs, with options to search by issue and location. Your student 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