Would you know how to support a student who is having a panic attack? With exam season upon us, Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some pointers for helping anyone who is struggling

With this year’s exams season seeing many students entering the examination hall for the first time, panic attacks might be more likely for some vulnerable young people. Supporting a student through a panic attack can feel terrifying and you can often feel completely helpless – but there are several things you can do to help.


Just be there

Having a panic attack is a terrifying feeling and one that can make you feel very alone. Just being present can make a huge difference to the student. It will make them feel a little less out of control of the situation which is likely to shorten the duration of the attack.

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