Nicola Morgan

Author, Speaker, Supporter

Understanding and Supporting Your Teenagers – few spaces left and I’m not doing it again!

NO WORRIES – Your questions on anxiety (and the giveaway)

My next book, NO WORRIES – How to deal with teenage anxiety, is published on August 3rd. I’m not at all anxious (*cough*) but anxiety is certainly on my mind.

Of course I’d love you all to buy the book or borrow it from a public library but I realise that’s me being unrealistic, even though I know this is a book that will genuinely help all sorts of people. So, I have a few ways you can benefit even if you don’t buy the book (or even if you do):

  1. You could enter the giveaway – that’s why you’re reading this post, right?
  2. You could ask me to write something specific about anxiety on this blog (actually, try to stop me…)
  3. If you work in a school or you are planning a conference, you could invite me to speak about anxiety
  4. You could attend my planned webinar for parents and professionals later in the year
  5. You could be very patient and wait for some downloadable materials I’ll be offering soon – Walker Books have designed a fabulous card for me, which would be wonderful to pin to classroom or bedroom walls or give to students

Let’s save time and combine the first two, shall we?

Here’s how.



How to enter, how I’ll pick the winners and what you get:

  • Add a question to the comments below. Your question can be anything you’d like me to say about anxiety. It could be a big, broad question or a small, specific question.
  • I’ll pick THREE winners by random selection (giving each comment a number and using a random number generator) – so I will not be judging your question
  • But your questions will help me decide what to write about over the next few weeks leading up to publication – this blog is for you, not me!
  • Each of three winners will receive a signed copy of No Worries and a selection of postcards with various tips to support young people’s mental strength

Terms and conditions:

  • UK addresses only – you are welcome to enter from anywhere in the world but if you win you’ll need to nominate a UK address to receive the prize
  • The deadline for entries is 5pm BST Fri July 14th
  • One entry per person – you are welcome to ask as many questions as you like but I will only enter each person once

Here’s are two questions you don’t need to ask because I’ll answer them now:

“Why did you write this book?”

I wrote it because the problem with anxiety is that people see it as a problem when it isn’t

I wrote it because I understand anxiety very well

I wrote it because I care and want to help people tame their anxiety, just like a guard dog that needs firm training

I wrote it because there should be no worries big enough to hold you back from success 

“Why did you write it for teenagers? Doesn’t everyone have anxiety?

I didn’t write it for teenagers. I wrote it for anyone. It happens to have “teenage” in the title because that’s where my books go in bookshops. Some of them should – Blame My Brain, for example, is specifically about teenagers. But most of them are equally for anyone. This is.

Together we can beat this thing called anxiety.


The lucky winners are 1. Nathan Robinson 2. David 3. Susan Kennedy. Commiserations to everyone else – please try again another time! I will email the winners later today and get your details. It is your lucky day – use it well!

And I will answer EVERYONE’S question in due course. Thank you to ALL. 

I’m available, as always, for interviews and blogposts around publication, and for festivals, conferences and events at any time. You can either contact my publishers, Walker Books, or me direct. Usually, promotional things would be through my publishers and paid events such as conferences or talks direct through me.

21 Responses

  1. This looks like a fantastic read! I would love to know what you think is individual to teenage anxiety and how it differs to adult’s.

    1. Do you think school adds to anxiety? Rules, expectations, fear of not doing enough or performing well enough, promoting leaders etc

  2. I am a School Nurse and see children in school drop-in . A lot of teenagers , especially girls , I speak to seem to have anxiety about walking into a classroom at the beginning a lesson or for morning registration and come in to school late( so sometimes get detentions for persistent lateness ) just to avoid tutor registration. There is no specific problem ( eg bullying / problems with teacher ) .Support is offered by school and myself in the short term but then the YP is expected to go back to the usual routine and still struggle .

  3. For me, anxiety is a superpower, it’s that fight or flight deciding where to go next. In my adult life I’ve learned how to channel it i by stepping out of comfort zone, and treating anxiety as misplaced confidence. How would you best advise teenagers to do this?

  4. I am a Thrive Practitioner in a secondary school and I’ve been working there for 5 years, each year I’ve noticed that anxiety is getting higher especially every new year 7 coming up, do you think this is still an effect from covid?

  5. How can you tell that you have anxiety and aren’t just feeling anxious like a “normal” person?

  6. I currently work with Primary School children and have seen a definite increase in anxiety over the past two years, the children are really open to talking about how they feel and respond really well to time to talk and strategies given. Next term I am moving onto Secondary school, will the children be just as open about their feelings now they are older.

  7. How can we help manage anxiety in the upcoming summer holidays (parents and children)? My little one has suspected autism (PDA profile) and has meltdowns which causes the family anxiety, and my eldest is a teen so that is tricky too. Weekends can be tough and am worried for the holidays. Any tips?

  8. Any thoughts on supporting a teenage boy with anxiety? I think there are some particular expectations that boys feel they have to conform to at school which seem to add to anxiety. It is also so difficult to get him to open up about anything.

  9. I’m a secondary teacher in a girl’s school. What should I say to help students who are feeling anxious in a lesson or in form Time? What should I avoid?

  10. A lot of the young people in my school are anxious about things that, before, would not have been an issue such as refusing to go to class because the person they sit beside isn’t in or it’s a cover teacher. I tell them their anxiety is their alarm system telling them something is different or worrying but that no harm will come to them, that anxiety is a feeling like any other unless it stops them taking part in usual activities. Would you agree with this? What would you advise them to do?

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