Brought to you by the Salt Spring Island Local Action Team as part of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative, funded in partnership by Doctors of BC and the BC government.
Understanding Anxiety in Adolescence
Our world is not an easy place to live. More and more children and adolescents experience anxiety, reacting to the alarming world around them, as well as to their own internal alarm. Understanding where some of this alarm comes from, as well as how the bodies and minds of our adolescents handle this alarm, gives us insight into ways that we, as adults, can help. The natural developmental changes that happen during adolescence can be overwhelming on their own, but add in challenges of social media, addiction, high expectations, and peer orientation, and this time becomes even more intense and anxiety-provoking. We will look at how we can come alongside an adolescent who is struggling with anxiety and help them find rest in their restless world.
Tamara Strijack is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who lives and works on Vancouver Island. She has worked with children and adolescents in various roles over the last twenty years – as mentor, counsellor, youth leader, program director, group facilitator – and is herself a mother of two adolescent girls. She also works as a parent and teacher consultant, helping adults make sense of the children in their care. Connection, relationship and attachment continue to be central themes in all of her roles, both personally and professionally.