Anxiety is a natural reaction to something which is frightening and threatening, or stressful in any way. The body will respond with a sudden release of adrenaline into the bloodstream, causing breathing and heart rate to become faster. This happens to anyone faced with a situation that is threatening and over which they feel they have no control.

Anxiety can be overwhelming – a person might feel tense and worried, or even scared and they may experience physical symptoms such as nausea, chest pain or headaches.

Many factors can trigger anxiety – family problems, the illness or death of a close friend or relative, harsh or inconsistent discipline, school problems or a traumatic experience – to which people react in different ways. Some are less able to cope with problems and experience feelings that they find difficult to handle.

To the right are links to additional resources as suggested by Young People Cornwall’s Hear Our Voice Project, they recommend these as a good starting point for more information, though many other good resources also exist.