Anxiety in children and young people; what can you do to help?


In a school environment, for children and young people whose anxiety is less severe, there are a number of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs that can build resilience and coping strategies. If you’re an educator, or as a parent or carer, there are also a number of ways you can help to support children and young people experiencing anxiety;

  • Give children and young people language to label how they’re feeling, so they can learn to identify their emotions.
  • Give them notice prior to transitions, to help them prepare for change.
  • You can help children and young people understand that being anxious, particularly when confronting new situations, is ‘normal’, but also that there are strategies for managing anxious feelings.
  • Help them recognise their own internal cues that they’re becoming anxious. Identify and practise strategies that help them to manage their anxiety and calm down, for example deep breathing techniques may help.
  • Help children and young people recall situations where they’ve succeeded despite being anxious, to strengthen their self-belief they can cope with and manage their anxiety.
  • Help them understand that avoiding those things that make them anxious, while useful as a short-term fix, is likely to make things harder in the future.
  • Talk about effective and helpful strategies you use yourself to manage anxiety or stress. For example: talking to friends, positive self-talk, exercise and other relaxation strategies.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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