Facts for Families: Anxiety, Phobias (fears), and Panic Attacks helps you to identify the signs and symptoms and know what you can do to help.
If you identify someone struggling with anxiety, some things that you can do to help include:
- Note what is occurring in the environment
- Offer consistent reassurance with regular check-ins
- Find a time and a safe place to connect
- Encourage talking about their concerns but never force the conversation
- Allow for flexible deadlines
- Provide choices (they need some control)
- Ensure that they write down instructions
- Practice deep breathing and relaxation to calm
- Put together a coping toolbox to include stress balls, music etc.
- Encourage a daily schedule so there are no surprises
- Encourage activity
- Always model calmness
This resource is part of the Anxiety series of Early Intervention resources developed by Miami University’s Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (CSBMHP) and the Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success (OMHNSS) as part of the Early Intervention Initiative (funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, grant #2200368, https://mha.ohio.gov/).