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Posted On: 30th Oct 2015

Anxious About Anxiety

Fixer Bruce Forbes
A scene from the Fixers film
The character in the film calms herself down

Young people from Fife are shedding light on social anxiety disorder because they’re worried that teachers can be unsympathetic.


17-year-old Bruce Forbes says his group wants to change the way people in education view the condition.


‘During my time at school I knew students who were affected by social anxiety,' explains Bruce.


'I believe that more could have been done to help those young people.


‘In education they might decide to miss class, or - if they do attend - they won’t focus on the lesson.


‘Scenarios that can bring on anxiety could be standing up to do a talk or being asked to answer a question.


‘This anxiety can also prevent social situations and leave someone feeling isolated.'

With the help of Fixers, the group has made a film that gives a creative insight into how an anxiety attack can feel from the inside, when a young person has been singled out from a crowd.

In the film, a student has to learn to control her fears after she is asked a question in class.


You can watch the group’s Fixers film ‘Deep Breath’ at the top of this page.



‘I think the film does a good job in highlighting what young people go through when they suffer from anxiety,’ comments Bruce.


‘During panic attacks a person can find it difficult to breathe.


‘They can also feel sick, nauseous and disorientated.’


The group plans to show the film in secondary schools, to encourage teachers to notice and help alleviate worry in their students.


‘I hope that after seeing this campaign, those in education will have a better understanding of what some pupils may go through while in school hours,’ says Bruce.


‘People should know what social anxiety is and how it can be helped.’


To see other resources on this issue, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.


Author: Cara Laithwaite


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