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Posted On: 9th Dec 2015

Social Anxiety Education

Louise McKnight
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Louise McKnight is helping teachers identify anxiety in young people after her struggle with the condition made her drop out of school.


The 19-year-old from Falkirk in Stirlingshire is leading a campaign for more awareness of mental health in the classroom so those affected can get help.


‘It was a very confusing feeling. I didn’t really know what was going on,’ explains Louise.


‘In school I often felt trapped, which caused me to panic. It got so bad that I had to leave.


‘My team and I, who have all had similar experiences, are pushing for more awareness of social anxiety so schools are able to support those who are affected by it.’


With the help of Fixers, Louise and her team have helped to create a short documentary to raise awareness of the topic.


It features members of the group giving their own experiences with anxiety and what they feel can be done to improve support for others in schools.


Watch the group's film 'Comfort Zone' at the top of this page.


‘We wanted to show our own experiences and what schools can do to help others,' she adds.


‘Also, we want people in a similar situation to identify with our stories and feel more able to reach out for help.’



The group are due to launch their film at Park Street Community Education Centre, Falkirk on Wednesday 9th December, before an audience of young people, parents, council representatives and teachers. 


Louise adds: ‘We are launching our resource to show schools what can be done to support people who have similar experiences to our own.


‘We also hope that young people experiencing anxiety will be signposted to our resource, which will increase their understanding and demonstrate that they are not alone.’


To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.


Author: N. Farooq


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