Strong Families Series: Anxiety in Children and Teens

October 23, 2020 - Parkland School Division is proud to partner with Alberta Parenting For The Future to present another FREE information session for local families.

Everyone experiences stress, be it taking a test, speaking in front of an audience or going to the dentist. But when stress becomes excessive, persistent and begins to interfere with everyday living, it can be indicative of an anxiety disorder: a chronic sense of fear or worry that outweighs actual danger, and that can cause an individual to avoid situations or develop compulsions in order to stem the tide of these intense feelings.

As a group, anxiety disorders represent the most common of all mental illnesses, and they can affect individuals of any age or background, including children and teens. In our upcoming Strong Families session, Jennifer Harris, a registered psychologist, mother and former teacher and school counsellor, will join mental health therapist Heidi Watson to offer families valuable information about anxiety, as well as practical tips for helping their children manage and mitigate this mental illness. 

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Online Zoom Webinar / Discussion Group
Presenters: Jennifer Harris, Registered Psychologist & Heidi Watson, MSW Mental Health Therapist (Eckert Psychology)

In this session, we will discuss the basics of anxiety: how it works, how it differs from stress, the multiple ways it can manifest, and the mental and physical impact it can have on children and teens. Learn how to recognize signs that your child may be struggling with anxiety, and discover therapist-approved strategies you can use to support them. 

Please register early to reserve your spot by visiting

For more information, please contact:
Vicky Mamczasz
Family Supports Facilitator