Anxiety Canada STRIDES Spring 2017 Newsletter

Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to Anxiety Canada’s STRIDES Spring Newsletter. For some of us, winter tends to be a tough time of the year, with the darker weather and shorter days, it’s common to feel a bit down or less energetic. For parents with anxious children, transitions, such as returning to school after Spring Break, can be difficult. Anxiety Canada has resources on separation anxiety and strategies that you can use to help your child readjust to school after a break. This week, we also announced the launch of M.A.P. (My Anxiety Plan) for children. M.A.P. is a self-help tool developed by a pediatric psychologist to help parents and caregivers of children with mild to moderate anxiety, manage their anxiety. M.A.P consists of content and worksheets for eleven different children’s anxiety disorders – with all resources available free of charge on the Anxiety Canada website. You can create a M.A.P. while waiting to see a therapist or in lieu of one if you do not have access to a mental health professional.

Anxiety Canada In the Community – BC Alternate Education Association Conference

Last month, Anxiety Canada’s Executive Director, Judith Law and Chilliwack District Counsellor, Cathy Preibisch, were presenters at the BC Alternate Education Association Conference in Vancouver. In their workshop, titled: Anxiety Management, Judith and Cathy spoke about the collaboration between the organization and the school district and how they implemented Anxiety Canada’s resources into a school setting, to help manage student anxiety.

What’s New – New Tools for Educators and School Counsellors

Good News! We recently added new resources on our website specifically for Educators and School Counsellors who are looking for tools to help support socially anxious students.

My Anxiety Plan (M.A.P.) for Children

Anxiety Canada is extremely pleased to announce the launch of My Anxiety Plan (M.A.P.) for Children. M.A.P. is a free online anxiety management toolkit and step-by-step guide for parents with anxious children. After identifying a need for anxiety management tools that parents can use at home, Anxiety Canada, along with a psychologist, developed tools based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that can be used to manage eleven different anxiety and anxiety related disorders. This program and the resources associated with it are free of charge on the Anxiety Canada website.

Feature Anxiety-Related Condition – Health Anxiety in Children

In each issue of Strides, we like to highlight one anxiety-related condition. In this issue, we are going to feature Health Anxiety in Children – what it is and what parents can do if their child struggles with it. Did you know that Health Anxiety is not a disorder; however, there are several disorders that are defined by excessive anxiety related to a condition.Health Anxiety occurs when a child has a preoccupation with one or more somatic symptoms or is concerned about having or getting a serious illness or condition. A child may become easily alarmed about their health which can lead to excessive checking behaviours or persistent questioning to determine if they are sick. While children with health anxiety do not always have a medical condition, some do.

From the Blog - Managing an Anxious Child – Where to Start

My daughter has struggled with anxiety since a very early age. When I first set out to find help, I had no idea of where to start. I didn’t know any other families with anxious children, and no one seemed to be struggling as we were – and if they were, no one talked about it. Fast-forward to a few years later and my network of “parents of anxious children” has grown. As soon as I started talking about anxiety, I found that other parents with similar issues came out of the woodwork.

Upcoming Event - 3rd Annual Parker Art Salon

Parker Street Studios is hosting a Salon Grand Opening to kick-off the 3rd Annual Parker Art Salon on Friday, May 5th from 7 pm – 10 pm. Unique to Vancouver, this salon-style exhibition of fine art and sculpture takes place in the halls of the iconic Parker Street Studios. See the rugged warehouse transformed into an elegant fine art exhibition, with music, food, and wine. Proceeds from the ticket sales and the Small Art Exhibit will go to Anxiety Canada. For more information...

Upcoming Workshop - Evidence-Based Interventions for Hoarding Disorder

Anxiety Canada is pleased to have Dr. Sheila Woody and Dr. Christiana Bratiotis present at the Evidence-Based Interventions for Hoarding Disorder Workshop in June. The workshop introduces participants to foundational knowledge of anxiety-based disorders and general experience with cognitive-behavioural interventions. The workshop is targeted toward mental health professionals who are dealing with clients who struggle with hoarding disorder. This is a CPA Workshop with 6 CE credits. To reserve your tickets for this workshop...

Top Facebook Posts

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Top Twitter Posts

The team at Anxiety Canada is working hard to share important stories with our audience. Here are the top Twitter posts over the past couple of months.

Top YouTube Videos

The Anxiety Canada YouTube Channel has over 50 videos on anxiety-related topics including social anxiety, selective mutism, and panic disorder. Here are the most popular videos over the past couple months.