ANXIETY: Resources worth sharing + Exciting news!

[This is a copy of my latest newsletter - to receive the next one straight to your inbox, sign up here]

Exciting news! Professional Association for School Mental Health Leads

I am delighted that from September I will be leading a Professional Membership Association for School Mental Health leads on behalf of the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. 

It will be the first of its kind and is for any individual in a school who is leading on mental health and wellbeing.  I hope you’ll join and help me shape it into an association that both celebrates and supports you in your role.  For more information / to register your interest email

Anxiety Resources

I’m very often asked to teach about anxiety and many of you have told me how helpful you find the practical suggestions I share – so I’ve done a round up of my favourite videos and other resources on the topic.

Anxiety Hacks… These videos share simple ideas that can be used to manage anxiety; these can largely be used with any age and could be shared directly with young people:

Using music to flip your mood

Positive affirmations + 10 affirmations to try

Safe space visualisation

Mindful Moments

Calming and breathing strategies…

Finger Breathing: a simple guided breathing exercise for kids

Self-Soothe Boxes - what, why, how?

3 ways to calm things down: write and rip, 54321 and box breathing

Tips for parents or other supporting adults…

3 Tips for Parents:model confidence, worries vs problems, fill your own cup

3 more Tips for Parents:normalise, be a worry detective, work with avoidance

Anxiety: 6 ways to make life more manageable

4 ideas for supporting a child with anxiety

Staff training videos… My bitesize CPD sessions are short videos with pause points for reflection to enable short sharp bursts of training in staff meetings:

Starting the school day right for kids who struggle

Using stock phrases to respond calmly to meltdowns

INSET Training and conference production

Or maybe you’d like me to come and teach you in real life… you could invite me to your school where I can deliver bespoke twilight training, or one of my popular sessions such as “8 Practical strategies for supporting pupils who are struggling”or “Anxiety: Helping students to help themselves”. I can also deliver practical workshops for parents.  View details of my INSET training here. I’m happy to travel across the UK and internationally and can also support you in developing and delivering a high impact conference at your school, if that’s something you’d like to do next academic year… dare to dream! Email pooky@inourhands.comfor more info / to enquire.


The healthy coping colouring book and journal

My Anxiety Handbook: Getting Back on Track

Starving the Anxiety Gremlin(10+)

Starving the Anxiety Gremlin for Children Aged 5-9

No Worries! Mindful Kids:An activity book for young people who sometimes feel anxious

We're All Mad Here:The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety

All birds have anxiety

The best of the rest… 

PERSONAL VLOG | Am I enough?

SUICIDE: how and why to make a suicide safety plan + great online tool

BITESIZE CPD | Teaching about mental health safely and sensitively

EVENT VLOG | School Mental Health Knowledge Exchange(Birmingham, July 5th2019)

How to quickly share ideas that work with the whole school community

Adult Autism: what's it like to get a late diagnosis? My story..

Sport to promote mental health - ten tips for making it work

And finally…The mentally healthy schools workbookis out soon!  I’m so proud of this book which is absolutely crammed with practical ideas for making your school more mentally healthy.  It’s out in September but available to pre-order now.  I really, really hope you like it!

I hope that this year has treated you kindly and that you are able to create a little time and space for yourselves over the summer break.  

Take care, stay safe and be kind to yourselves. 

With best wishes, 


P.S. if you’re looking or a nice way to wrap up the term, this bitesize CPD session will be right up your street.  It’s designed to help staff reflect and reconnect as well as considering how to be a little kinder to ourselves next term.  Let me know what you think.

Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Mental Health Advisor, Author Speaker & Educator

Chair - Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition

YouTube | Books | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Newsletter sign up