Bedford Youth & Family Services: Free Virtual Program on Youth Anxiety

April 13, 2023

Parents, caregivers, and community members are invited to a virtual program about youth anxiety. Let’s Talk About The “A” Word is a one-hour program delivered by counselor Jon Mattleman from Minding Your Mind on Monday April 24 starting at 6:30pm on Zoom.

About the Program:
BC – before Covid – anxiety was the #1 most diagnosed mental health disorder in the USA, and rates have skyrocketed during the pandemic. Over 40 million people suffer from anxiety disorders. 25% of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 have a diagnosed anxiety disorder while many more suffer without proper diagnosis, treatment, and opportunities to develop healthy coping skills.

Anxiety is more than stress and can look different depending on a youth’s age and developmental stage. Severe and uncontrolled anxiety can prevent youth from taking in new information and learning to their fullest potential, trying new experiences, or engaging in social activities. Luckily, anxiety is a treatable disorder and implementing new strategies can have a dramatically positive impact. This workshop provides the language and direction caring adults need to assist anxious youth. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of:

  • The different types of anxiety
  • The signs and symptoms most common in youth
  • The differences between stress, worries, and anxiety
  • The impact of social media on anxiety
  • The factors contributing to our own and others’ experience of anxiety
  • How to help youth develop coping skills to manage anxiety
  • Techniques to support themselves and/or anxious youth

Questions can be directed to Mallory Fuller at [email protected]

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