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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.


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.

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, 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. Last updated January 2019.


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