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25th of April 2016
For immediate release
SpunOut.ie today launches #KnowAnxiety - Recognise, Manage, Minimise. A campaign to equip young people with the tools they need to recognise anxiety in themselves, their family or friends. Learn how to manage it and how to minimise the effects anxiety can have on everyday life.
SpunOut.ie recognises the importance of looking after our mental health and how difficult that can sometimes be. ‘Know Anxiety’ aims to address the issue of rising anxiety levels amongst young people in Ireland. We want to help build the resilience of young people in Ireland by providing them with the information necessary to deal with anxiety issues.
We have created lots of new content on different types of anxiety such as General Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and phobias. Check out more at www.spunout.ie/anxiety
Speaking as an ambassador for SpunOut.ie's #KnowAnxiety campaign RTE presenter Eoghan McDermott told us about his own experience. “A lot of people think you have to be in this huge turmoil… whereas actually, it can be something a little more subtle than that, that can set it off.” “There’s no shame in not feeling good in yourself… I went through a year, of a shit time… and eventually when I did talk to someone... - it was the greatest move I ever made, so be brave and it will pay off.”
Anxiety can have many symptoms including shortness of breath, palpitations, racing thoughts and not being able to concentrate. However, most people find it difficult to recognise anxiety in themselves.
Speaking about anxiety to SpunOut.ie Consulting Psychologist & Cognitive Scientist, John Francis Leader said ““What people will find is that they are not alone. Anxiety is normal, it is part of what it is to be human. But like a lot of things there are better & worse ways to handle it… What I really want to see is this reaching people. Learning to work with anxiety at a much earlier age, from the beginning of our lives. We don’t always just ‘pick it up as we go along’... if we can normalise anxiety from a young age, we’re going to solve a huge number of problems.”
By getting to Know Anxiety we can reduce the stigma associated with it. If we recognise that everyone experiences anxiety at some time or another, discuss how we manage it and what we do to minimise it we can help each other to live happy healthy lives.
We have published some Real Life Stories on SpunOut.ie from young people who have experienced anxiety themselves
For more information please contact:
Claire O’Dowd, Communications & Outreach Officer
Note to Editors:
SpunOut.ie is Ireland’s youth information website by young people, for young people. We provide easy access to relevant, reliable, supportive, and non-judgemental information in order to assist informed decision-making amongst 16 - 25 year olds.
Eoghan McDermott, RTE Presenter
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John Francis Leader, Consulting Psychologist & Cognitive Scientist