Focus on coping, not curing: how to help an anxious child

Growing up in the age of anxiety is challenging for children and parents alike but there are plenty of ways to help young people to face their fears

Julia Harris was busy tidying her daughter’s bedroom when she found a diary she suspects was deliberately left out for her to see.

Inside, 10-year-old Rosie had written that she often thought about suicide, although she didn’t think she would actually do it. Harris, a university lecturer from Yorkshire, knew her daughter had become increasingly anxious, both about friendships and school, sometimes refusing to eat in the mornings. But she hadn’t realised quite how bad things had got.

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