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School Avoidance

Some children and young people experience difficulties attending school for reasons including anxiety, unmet educational needs or bullying.

Many children and young people find it difficult and frustrating when they find it either hard or impossible to go to school or college.  You are not alone.

By making some small changes you can feel a bit better and more able to cope with things which may seem difficult at the moment.

It can be hard to start a conversation about how you are feeling as you may be worried about the reaction you will get. You may find that your parent, carer or teacher already know you are finding things difficult and so that may be an easier conversation to have than you thought. You may think it easier to hide your feelings away and ignore them but that won’t help in the long run as nothing will change.

Things to try

  • Talk about your feelings and thoughts to someone you trust
  • Try to remember activities you have done in the past that have helped you when you felt overwhelmed or anxious such as walking, reading, listening to music. Make a list of these to refer back to.
  • Read the section on this website about anxiety
  • Take care of your sleeping routine and diet

Self referral

You can refer yourself to a clinician who will assess your request for support. Please also to take a look through self help resources below, which may be able to offer you additional support.

To send a self-referral, tap the button below to get started.  A self-referral will have the same result as asking your GP to refer you.

Do Self Referral

Self help resources

We have put together a list of specialist organisations that may be able to offer you additional support.

View self help resources