Support if your child is feeling anxious on returning to school

It’s normal for your child to be feeling anxious about returning back to school, but it’s important to know that help is out there. There are services who can help support you and your child.

YoungMinds offer support for young people, parents or people that work with young people and give tips on how you can help your child with school anxiety, as well as signposting to what young people may say if their worried about school.

ChatHealth is a free school nursing text service which is available to all young people aged 11-19. Young people can use this service to text a school nurse about mental health topics including relationships, healthy eating, and mental health such as depression, anxiety, or stress. Chat Health’s messages that are sent are confidential and is available Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Kooth is another service that young people can use if they need to talk to someone about their emotional health and wellbeing. If a young person wants to use Kooth to speak to trained counsellors about their thoughts and feelings, they can do this anonymously. Parents and carers of young people aged 11-18 can also use Kooth if they are concerned about the emotional health and wellbeing of a young person they live with.

A message from Dorset Council and Public Health Dorset

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