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What is youth anxiety and what can we do about it?

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Stay active, meet with friends, don't game too much, love yourself (you're awesome), avoid or reduce use of drugs, do sports + eat + sleep well.

How to help

If you, or a loved one goes through an anxiety episode, there are many ways to help.

  • The first thing is not to judge, and to listen. 
  • To the person experiencing a panic attack, it can be a very scary experience. 
  • Instead, help them seek professional help.  

Keep in mind that that feeling will pass 

Being aware of it is an important step towards controlling it.

  • Stay active and keep yourself busy 
  • Stay connected with your friends and family through technology 
  • Reduce your screen time 
  • Create a new routine and find a balance between all your activities 
  • Be kind to yourself 
  • Avoid or reduce use of alcohol or drugs 
  • Take care of your body by practicing regular physical activity, eating well and sleeping enough. 
  • Go out to the Land, where the sensory stimulations are more subtle. 

You can bounce back from anxiety. People who deal with anxiety can be productive and happy. Anxiety does not make you less of a person, it does not affect your worth or what you can offer. Remember anxious is how you feel, not who you are. 

Anxiety is  normal, but if it is overwhelming, and you constantly feel anxious it might be time to seek for help.  

Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness: it means that you have the strength and awareness to gain control over your own mind and face the source of stress.  

Anxiety is a common problem many people face, so do not hesitate to reach out to friends, family, Youth Outreach workers, CNYC, CMC, traditional healers, Elders or health professionals.  

 

Support

Wiichihiiwaauwin (Mental Health) Helpline

Service available 24/7. Cree speakers and Elders are available upon request 

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