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Anxiety : Training Module

Introduction: Anxiety

Welcome to the stand-alone Anxiety module designed to provide you with valuable insights and practical strategies to understand and manage anxiety effectively. Developed to build upon the esteemed Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) program, this course is specifically tailored to address the challenges and nuances associated with anxiety, empowering you to help yourself and others in times of need.

Anxiety is a common and universal experience, but for some, it can become overwhelming and debilitating. In the fast-paced world we live in, it’s essential to be equipped with the right tools and knowledge to navigate these mental health challenges effectively. This course aims to bridge the gap between awareness and action, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of anxiety, its triggers, symptoms, and coping strategies.

By completing the Overcoming Anxiety course, you will become more aware of the complexities of anxiety, its diverse presentations, and the appropriate responses in various situations. Whether you’re seeking to support a loved one or enhance your own mental health, this course offers practical guidance for fostering a healthier, more balanced life.

Join us on this journey to better understand and conquer anxiety, and help create a world where mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health. Your participation in this course is a vital step toward building a more compassionate and informed society.

What is: Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion characterised by feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease about a particular situation or uncertain outcome. However, when these feelings become excessive, persistent, or interfere with a person’s daily life, it may be classified as an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health conditions that involve excessive and prolonged feelings of fear, worry, or nervousness. These disorders can manifest in various forms, such as generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Symptoms of anxiety disorders may include: Persistent worry or fear that is disproportionate to the situation; Restlessness or feeling on edge; Fatigue; Difficulty concentrating or finding that your mind goes blank; Irritability: Muscle tension; Sleep disturbances, such as trouble falling or staying asleep, or restless, unsatisfying sleep; Rapid heartbeat or palpitations; Shortness of breath or hyperventilation

The causes of anxiety disorders are complex and can involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. Treatment for anxiety disorders often includes a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle changes, such as stress management techniques and regular exercise. Early diagnosis and intervention can help improve the quality of life for individuals with anxiety disorders.

The Facts & Figures: About Anxiety

  • In the 2019 Scottish Health Survey, approximately 17% of adults self-reported symptoms consistent with a possible anxiety disorder.
  • The same survey found a gender difference, with 20.2% of women and 13.9% of men reporting anxiety symptoms.
  • According to the Mental Health Foundation, anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in Scotland, affecting about 1 in 9 adults.
  • The 2018 Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC) study reported that around 15% of 15-year-olds in Scotland experienced feelings of nervousness, irritability, or worry at least once a week.
  • The Scottish Health Survey in 2019 found that younger adults (16-24 years old) had the highest prevalence of possible anxiety disorders at 22.6%
  • The same survey indicated that anxiety prevalence decreased with age, with those aged 65 and over reporting the lowest prevalence at 10.5%

The Problem: Common misconceptions about Anxiety


Anxiety is just a sign of weakness

One common misconception is that experiencing anxiety is a sign of personal weakness or an inability to cope. In reality, anxiety is a natural human response to stress, and everyone experiences it to some degree. People with anxiety disorders may have an exaggerated or persistent response, but this is not a reflection of their character or strength.

Anxiety disorders aren't real medical conditions

Some people may believe that anxiety disorders are not legitimate medical conditions and are simply a result of overreacting to stress or emotional situations. However, anxiety disorders are recognised mental health conditions that can significantly impact an individual's daily functioning and quality of life.

You can just "snap out of it" or "get over it"

This misconception suggests that people with anxiety disorders can simply choose to stop being anxious. Overcoming anxiety, especially when it reaches a clinical level, often requires time, effort, and professional support. It is not something that can be overcome through sheer willpower alone.

Anxiety disorders are rare

In fact, anxiety disorders are quite common. They are among the most prevalent mental health disorders worldwide, affecting millions of people. According to the World Health Organisation, anxiety disorders affect approximately 264 million people globally.

Anxiety only affects the mind, not the body

Anxiety can manifest in various physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, and gastrointestinal issues. It is essential to recognise that anxiety can impact both mental and physical health.

Medication is the only treatment for anxiety disorders

While medication can be a helpful component in the treatment of anxiety disorders, it is not the only option. Many individuals benefit from non-pharmacological treatments, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness practices, or other forms of psychotherapy. A combination of treatments tailored to the individual's needs is often the most effective approach.

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Anxiety: Why should you undertake this training?

By completing the Anxiety Module, you will become more aware of the complexities of anxiety, its diverse presentations, and the appropriate responses in various situations. Whether you’re seeking to support a loved one or enhance your own mental health, this course offers practical guidance for fostering a healthier, more balanced life, better understand and conquer anxiety, and contribute to a world where mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health.


Enhanced understanding of anxiety

The Anxiety Module provides a comprehensive understanding of anxiety, its types, causes, and manifestations, enabling participants to better recognise and empathise with those affected by anxiety disorders.

Early identification of symptoms

The course equips participants with the skills to identify early signs of anxiety in themselves and others, facilitating timely intervention and support.

Practical coping strategies

Participants learn a range of evidence-based techniques and practices to manage and alleviate anxiety, empowering them to navigate challenging situations more effectively.

Improved mental resilience

The course teaches strategies for cultivating mental resilience and reducing vulnerability to anxiety, fostering long-term mental well-being for both the individual and those they support.

Increased self-awareness

By understanding the triggers and symptoms of anxiety, participants can develop greater self-awareness, allowing them to proactively address their mental health needs.

Supporting others

The Anxiety Module trains participants to provide appropriate support and assistance to friends, family members, or colleagues experiencing anxiety, creating a more compassionate and empathetic environment.

Reduction of stigma

By increasing awareness and understanding of anxiety disorders, the course helps reduce stigma and misinformation surrounding mental health, promoting open and constructive conversations.

Enhanced overall well-being

The skills and knowledge gained from the course not only help participants manage anxiety but can also contribute to improved overall well-being and life satisfaction.

Building a supportive community

Participants of the course become part of a broader community committed to promoting mental health awareness and support, empowering them to contribute to positive change in their personal and professional lives.

The Good news: There is a training module which will enhance your understanding, and foster empathy and support for those experiencing mental health challenges

Three Hour Module: Anxiety

Discover a transformative learning experience with the Anxiety Module, a specialised course designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to better understand and manage anxiety. Whether you are seeking to support a loved one, enhance your own mental health, or improve your professional skills, our three-hour module delves into the complexities of anxiety, providing practical guidance for fostering a healthier, more balanced life. By participating in this course, you are taking a vital step towards building a more compassionate and informed society, where mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health.

Our program covers a range of topics, from identifying anxiety types and triggers to exploring evidence-based coping strategies and building resilience. You will learn how to recognise early signs of anxiety in yourself and others, allowing for timely intervention and support. As you progress through the course, you’ll also develop the skills to assist friends, family members, or colleagues experiencing anxiety, creating a more empathetic environment for all. Embark on this transformative journey with the Anxiety Module and contribute to a world where mental well-being is a top priority.

What does the “Anxiety” Module Cover?


Understanding anxiety

This area focuses on the different types and causes of anxiety, helping participants recognise the signs and symptoms, and understand the impact it can have on daily life.

Identifying triggers

Participants will learn to uncover various factors that contribute to anxiety, ranging from everyday stressors to underlying mental health conditions, which is crucial for managing anxiety effectively.

Coping strategies

The course introduces a range of evidence-based techniques and practices to help manage and alleviate anxiety, providing practical tools for navigating challenging situations for oneself and when assisting others.

Building resilience

This section emphasises the cultivation of mental resilience and reducing vulnerability to anxiety, promoting long-term mental well-being and the ability to face future challenges with confidence.

Supporting others

The module trains participants to provide appropriate support and assistance to friends, family members, or colleagues experiencing anxiety, fostering a more empathetic and compassionate environment.

Seeking professional help

The course offers guidance on when and how to access professional support for oneself or someone else, ensuring timely intervention and promoting mental health recovery.

How does the "Anxiety" module work?


The module takes 3 Hours,  providing a focussed and comprehensive learning experience.

Small Group Sizes

Classes, of 8-16, are kept small to facilitate personalised attention, encourage active participation, and foster a supportive learning environment.

Interactive Learning

The course features a mix of presentations, group discussions, case studies, videos, and role-playing exercises to ensure a practical, hands-on learning experience.


Instructors maintain a safe and confidential space for participants to share their experiences and ask questions without judgment.

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