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Supporting someone with anxiety

Your support can make a big difference to someone close to you. Often, someone will start treatment because their whānau/family or friends have encouraged them.

It can be hard to know what to say and how to help. Just being there, doing things together and staying connected can make a difference. has more detailed advice about helping someone who has depression or anxiety.

It's also important to look after yourself.

If you're involved in caring for someone who has an anxiety disorder, you might find some support at Supporting Families in Mental Illness. They offer free support and resources for whānau/families of people with mental illness.

When someone has an anxiety disorder, they might find being a parent particularly challenging. The whole family could benefit by using some of the resources and contacting the support groups listed on Children of parents with a mental illness or addiction.

You can get more information and advice from They also have a helpline (0800-269-4389) with specially trained volunteers who you can talk to.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created April 2020.

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