Mental Health Delta Division

Child and Youth Anxiety

Parents may notice that their child seems nervous or fearful. This may be related to a stressful event, such as performing in a school play or writing an exam. In such situations it is normal for a child to worry or feel nervous. It can even help the child memorise their lines or study longer for a test. Children or teenagers may have a problem, however, if they are frequently nervous or worried and find it hard to cope with any new situation or challenge. Rather than being just “nervous,” the way they feel is better described as being “anxious.” Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry or unease. When the level of anxiety is great enough to interfere with a child or young person’s everyday activities, we call this an Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety disorder is a psychiatric condition that may require medical or psychological treatment.

Sleep Hygiene
Checklist of Cognitive Distortions
Worried Self-Talk
Overcoming Fears Through Exposure (teen guide from Anxiety BC)
Negative to Positive Thinking
School Accommodations to Assist Anxious Children
Mood-Enhancing Prescription (Activity Plan)

Y Mind Teen is a free seven-week mental wellness program delivered across BC. This program supports teens ages 13 to 18 who are experiencing symptoms of mild-to-moderate anxiety or stress. Participants learn and practice evidence-based strategies to help manage anxiety.

Y Mind Youth If you are aged 18 to 30 and struggling with mild-to-moderate anxiety or stress, this group is for you. Y Mind Youth is a free seven-week mental wellness program delivered across BC. Anxiety can impact our lives by preventing us from doing what we want or need to do.  It can also be an isolating experience. 

Mental Health Delta Division

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