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A cognitive behavioural approach to supporting
young people with high anxiety

Anxiety is a big issue amongst today’s young people. The Royal College of Psychiatry says almost 300,000 young people in Britain have an anxiety disorder. One in ten young people suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder, while over half of all mental ill health starts by age 14. Anxiety is the single most common reason for young people being referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Heath Services (CAMHS). Researchers for The Prince’s Trust 2017 Youth Index found that 45% of young people feel anxious over their body image, while 37% worry about coping at work or school. The report also found that three-quarters (78%) of young people think there is stigma attached to mental ill health, meaning a quarter (24%) of young people would not confide in someone if they thought they were experiencing a mental health problem. All this contributes to British teens being ranked as having the second lowest mental wellbeing out of 20 major countries.

We know that school learning, stress tolerance, confidence, motivation and personal relationships are all adversely affected by unmanaged high anxiety. And yet, across England, six in ten children and young people do not receive treatment for problems such as anxiety and depression.

The ReMind programme grew out of an identified need for early intervention in supporting young people who struggle with heightened anxiety. It aims to equip young people who exhibit early signs of anxiety with a range of tools to better enable them to cope with the stresses of everyday life, thus averting the development of potentially more harmful anxiety issues.

ReMind is based on cognitive behavioural approaches and is designed to be delivered by teachers, youth workers, nurses and mental health practitioners.