Heading Back to School Can Cause High Levels of Anxiety and Kids Help Phone is Available for Support



    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - As kids go back to school, some get excited
about the days ahead, but others find this to be a stressful time of year.
That's why services like Kids Help Phone - Canada's only free, confidential
and anonymous counselling and information service for kids and teens - is so
important.
    "Counsellors at Kids Help Phone notice an increase in calls and web posts
from young people who are concerned about going back to school and many youth
find themselves very stressed, anxious and upset," says Dr. Janice Currie,
Vice President, Counselling Services at Kids Help Phone. "Whether it's anxiety
about new classes, fears of bullying, or the pressures of academic
performance, kids can speak with one of our counsellors about their concerns."
    Some children may feel nervous, upset or lonely when returning to school.
Kids Help Phone counsellors can talk to them about these concerns and help the
young person find a solution that meets their needs.

    How You Can Help

    Parents and guardians can also help alleviate back to school stress and
one important tip is to talk about possible stressors.
    
    -  If a child is anxious about meeting new people, encourage them to be
       friendly and approachable when starting new classes; a smile can go a
       long way.
    -  If a teen is starting a new school, offer to see if they can visit the
       school before classes start so that they can become familiar with
       their new surroundings.
    -  If a child or youth is concerned about bullying, it's important for
       them to know that they do not deserve to be bullied and that they
       should talk to a trusted adult about the situation so that that the
       adult can intervene to ensure that the bullying will stop.
    

    "Any kind of change can bring forward a lot of different emotions in kids
and teens, and having someone to talk to about those feelings is important,"
says Dr. Currie. "Talking to parents or friends is a great start, but
sometimes kids need to talk to someone who they see as removed from the
situation, but still really knowledgeable, and that's where Kids Help Phone
counsellors can help."
    Kids Help Phone counsellors are available to talk about back to school
anxiety and any other issue, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at
1-800-668-6868 or online at www.kidshelpphone.ca.

    About Kids Help Phone

    This year marks Kids Help Phone's 20th Anniversary. For the past two
decades, Kids Help Phone has been at the forefront in providing help and hope
through its phone and web counselling services, earning the respect and trust
of kids across Canada. When young people feel like there's nowhere to turn,
when parents, schools and social services are unavailable, closed, backlogged
or simply not accessible for any reason, Kids Help Phone is there. Young
people know that when they reach out to Kids Help Phone, any time of the day
or night, they'll be connected with a professional counsellor who can provide
immediate, kid-friendly insight, help and direction on a wide variety of key
and emerging issues.
    Last year, Kids Help Phone counsellors connected with kids in almost
3,000 Canadian communities more than 2.2 million times. By continuing to reach
out to kids in meaningful and innovative ways, Kids Help Phone will remain a
trusted part of kids' lives for many years to come.

    CNW Group is proud to be the official newswire provider for Kids Help
Phone.




For further information:

For further information: Virginia Middleton, Coordinator, Public
Relations, Kids Help Phone, T: (416) 586-5437 x 8345, E:
virginia.middleton@kidshelpphone.ca


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