The first person your child may turn to when they are sad, worried or anxious about something is you.  Some children find talking about their feelings easier than others. You might find it best to make time for them away from daily noise and distractions and listen carefully to them.


There are many things that might cause your child to be sad, worried or anxious, such as relationships with their friends or members of their family, negative behaviours of those around them such as fighting and aggressiveness, divorce or a death of someone they’re close to.



Useful information


NHS UK: Talking to children about feelings



Health for Kids: Feelings



NHS UK: Anxiety in children



NHS UK: Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)



Understanding Childhood: The child’s experience of primary school



OCD UK: Supporting Children and adults affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder