Stainforth Kirton Lane Primary School


Anxiety is not only a feeling, but also a very common symptom of several mental health conditions, including generalised anxiety disorder. This is where you feel anxious most days, about a range of situations, and struggle to relax to the point that it may impact everyday life.

There are other mental health conditions of which anxiety may be a symptom, such as a panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. When you are anxious, you may feel:

  • Restless and unable to concentrate
  • Out of breath
  • A sense of dread or unease
  • Physically sick or achy
  • More aware of your heartbeat
  • Fatigue and have trouble sleeping

Feeling anxious at times is normal, and everyone could experience it throughout times of hardship or stress. However, if it starts to affect what you do on a day-to-day basis, it’s time to reach out for some help. There is plenty of support available, a few of the support networks available include:

  • The NHS have resources on recognising the signs of anxiety alongside coping mechanisms and where to reach out for help and support.
  • With me in mind has many resources surrounding how to cope with anxiety- you can also reach out to your local with me in Mind team via their webpage.
  • Anxiety UK provides support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. You can phone them on: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
  • Mind have support on how to self-care with anxiety as well as advice on how to/when to reach out for help.

If you are suffering with severe anxiety please speak to someone you trust, ask at your school/work about counselling services and speak to your GP.