Today I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful group of students at the Patrick Studios Academy Australia.
Approximately 27 students from 13 – 17 and a very enthusiastic teacher. Patrick Studios is a unique education provider with regular curriculum infused with music, dance and song. There students are of the highest calibre and are performing in shows all over the country.
I was brought in to talk to the high school students about the vicious cycle that is Anxiety. I was fortunate enough to be approached with enthusiasm by the students which made my presentation all the more memorable. In addition to providing facts and figures, I was able to share with them some personal anxiety experiences and show them that you can always learn to overcome it. Anxiety is something that is becoming more and more recognised, this has a large part to do with the awareness that companies like beyondblue are giving Anxiety and Depression.
Anxiety is hard enough to deal with as an adult but as a student facing the pressures of your final years at secondary college and wanting to excel, it can prove even more difficult. Working closely with the students, I was able to give them tips, techniques and guidance on where and who to turn to.
It was a wonderful experience with wonderful students, my most memorable moments were speaking to a couple of students, one who was brought to tears as she felts that someone finally understood what she too was going through. I hope I instilled faith, courage and determination so that one day these students can help others like them who may have been going through a tough time.
Fatimah Abbouchi Del Cid