Managing Anxiety

Managing Anxiety | Resources and Information Links

Source: Chris Malcolm | Counsellor and, Facilitator, Hawkes Bay Prostate Cancer Support Group  

Mauria ko ōku paingaWaiho ko ōku wheru.
Highlight my strengths. Ignore my weaknesses [Māori proverb]

What is anxiety?

Simple Tools


CalmKeeper [NZ]
App for iPhones. Designed by clinical psychologists this app is designed to assist with managing anxiety and panic attacks by providing immediate access to tools to help you cope. Charges apply.

CALM website – Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind [NZ]
An online resource created and managed by Dr Antonio Fernando, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. The website has tools for coping with stress and managing life.

The Australian programme at Moodgym is based on cognitive behaviour therapy and interpersonal therapy. It may be useful in reducing depressive symptoms and dysfunctional thoughts. An app which provides a range of ways to help young people manage anxiety.

Clear Fear 
An app developed for the teenage mental health charity Stem4, by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Provides a range of ways to help people manage anxiety, based around CBT treatment, to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions. You can personalise the app if you wish and you will be able to track your progress and notice change. Note, the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it. 

Self Help for Anxiety Management [SAM]
The SAM app has been developed by a university team, the content is accurate and based on current psychological models.

Counsellor Chris Malcolm has created an adaptation of this mnemonic for monitoring your mental health called S.A.A.M. : Sleep, Anxiety, Activity and Mood.

What do we do about SAAM?

  1. Notice – pay attention to any change or any extreme, such as sleeping more or less than usual.
  2. Name – Record or talk about these changes.
  3. Nudge – Don’t fight these (if you do they often push back), just nudge them in the right direction.

Read more…download Ask S.A.A.M here

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