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Free advice on coping with anxiety

Children and young people affected by anxiety are being given a helping hand with the launch of a free DVD and booklet.

The information from Anxiety UK is also aimed at parents, carers, teachers, school nurses and other adults caring for children and young people. A free copy of both resources is available to any school or group who gets in touch with the charity, with a suggested donation of £5 to cover costs.

The last national census, in 2001, revealed that one in 10 children and young people aged between five and 16 suffer from a mental health disorder. This equates to about three in every school class.

Nicky Lidbetter, chief executive of Anxiety UK, said: "I would urge teachers, nurses, and community group leaders to get in touch with Anxiety UK for a copy of this free DVD and booklet.

"Too often anxiety is overshadowed by behavioural problems in settings such as schools or clubs, as children and young people with behavioural issues demand a disproportionate amount of attention.

"It is time to redress this balance, increase understanding of anxiety disorders in young people, and give the large number of anxious children in the UK the help they desperately need."

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