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Anxiety and social anxiety

Page written and resources collated by Matt Lowe, Wellbeing Practitioner

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It’s a normal physical and psychological reaction that helps us to avoid dangerous situations and motivates us to overcome everyday challenges.

But it can become a problem if it’s more severe, if it lasts for a long time or if it significantly affects everyday life.

Many different situations can cause anxiety – for example, exams, social situations or public speaking. Many students become anxious around exam time and some have panic attacks.

Please note that whilst we hope that all of the resources below are useful, the Student Wellbeing Service does not endorse the opinions expressed by other parties.


Self-help materials you can print, or download and save.

Resource Description
Understanding anxiety and panic attacks (Mind) Introduction to anxiety, a range of coping strategies and information about treatment options
How to manage your anxiety A handout on how to manage anxiety - From the Student Wellbeing Service.
Anxiety - NHS NTW leaflet Award-winning booklets -Introduction to anxiety, thoughts, feelings and behaviour and a range of exercises and coping strategies
Wellbeing and Relaxation Podcasts - Mental health foundation Meditations and breathing exercises to help manage anxiety


Android or iOS Apps (most apps that we recommend are those suggested in the NHS Apps Library)

App Description
SAM - Anxiety self-help Developed by UWE Bristol - SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection.
Catch It
App store
Google Play
Mood and thought tracking using CBT principles, record your thoughts and how you felt and when and then try alternative ways of thinking about the situation. it can help to identify which situation cause which feelings and what thoughts help to manage them
My Possible Self: The Mental Health App Complete a short assessment then carry out some simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking.

Places to get help

Local and national organisations, websites

Resource Description
IAPT Self help materials, online CBT, groups in various locations around Sheffield, option to self-refer for assessment.
Find psychological therapies You can visit your GP for advice, but it is also possible to refer yourself to a psychological therapies service directly

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