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Return to school anxiety? Parents should check their own behaviour

6 February 2017

SCHOOL: it’s a bubbling brew of expectations, social and academic challenges, complex relationships and emerging identities.

Little wonder anxiety levels – of students, parents and school staff – can rise as the new academic year begins.

“The start of the school year can be a nervous time for all the family, but it’s important parents take the lead and try to keep their own anxiety under control,” said beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman. “As many as one in five school-aged teenagers has mental health issues.

“So whether you have preppies heading off for the first time or adolescents entering Year 12, we urge parents to inform themselves about the signs and symptoms of low mood and stress and where to go for advice or support,” Ms Harman said.

With most schools returning this week and next for the 2017 academic year, Ms Harman urged parents and carers to visit healthyfamilies.org.au.

“Maintaining a healthy perspective on life is as important as keeping kids academically motivated and the Healthy Families website is packed with information and advice for parents and carers to help children find that balance,” Ms Harman said.

Helpful resources:

  • healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/school-anxiety - practical tips and strategies for parents to tackle back-to-school anxiety.
  • youthbeyondblue.com - helping young people deal with with depression and/or anxiety.
  • brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au - The BRAVE Program is a free, interactive, online program for the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety.