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Getting help for my child with anxiety

There are lots of things you can do to get help for an anxious child.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

Talk to your GP or practice nurse first. If necessary, your GP can refer your child for more specialised assessment and treatment.

BRAVE programme for children

BRAVE is an internet-based programme for children 7 and older who have anxiety. The programme also has sessions for parents to do. Speak to your GP or practice nurse for more information about being referred to BRAVE.

Talking therapy

To help a child struggling with anxiety, it's always necessary to look at the whole family situation. If a parent is anxious, stressed or unhappy, it's very likely that their child will have difficult emotions to manage. Getting help for the parent's problem will also help the child’s anxiety.

Support will focus on:

This might mean:

Social support

The following organisations can provide counselling for children or family members, group courses to help children or parents better understand the child's emotions, and one-to-one parenting support.

If you need help finding the right service, contact Right Service Right Time. A service coordinator can help you find the most appropriate and available services.

For more information, phone (03) 378-2782 or 027-654-7788, email info@rightservice.org.nz, or visit the Right Service Right Time website.

School support

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Child and Family Psychologist, Canterbury DHB. Page created October 2018.

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