PSHE KS2 / KS3: Panic attacks - Luke and Jenny's story

The intimate first person testimony of these two young people will help students to understand what it can feel like to go through a panic attack, and will help them see how someone can get into a state of panic to begin with.

Through Luke and Jenny’s accounts, students will learn to empathise with those suffering from severe worry and panic attacks, and in general to feel empathy for others.

Teachers will find this film particularly useful in opening up discussion around how to cope when feeling worried or frightened, and on how to help people who might be feeling stressed.

This clip is from the series When I Worry About Things.

Teacher Notes

You could begin by asking pupils what it means to have a panic attack, and how it might affect people.

Ask pupils to discuss what to do if they think they or someone they know is having a panic attack, and what mechanisms they could use for dealing with stress and anxiety.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching PSHE at KS2 and KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from the series When I Worry About Things

Being a bully - Ariana's story
OCD and depression - Annabel’s Story
Anorexia - Kirsty's story
Being bullied - Jake's Story