Children and young people also feel anxious and stressed. The transition year, moving to ‘big school’ from primary school, is an incredibly stressful and anxious time. Will I make friends? What if I get lost? Will I get bullied? What will my new teacher be like? Will I fit in? My friends are going to different schools. These are all very scary things and can make children feel extremely nervous about the change. This is the same for GCSE exams, SATS exams and a wealth of other challenges children face.
Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) visit schools and hold ‘Worry workshops’ to teach children that anxiety is completely normal, help them to understand what they are feeling and teach them useful ways of reducing anxiety such as breathing deeply and talking about their worries.