Amanda Stern, an brooklyn-based author, gave a presentation at Prince Rupert Middle School on Feb. 22, giving them some tools that will help them to manage their anxiety. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

Prince Rupert students learn to chase away anxiety

Author Amanda Stern presented at Prince Rupert Middle School on Feb. 22

Amanda Stern, a Brooklyn-based author, gave a presentation at Prince Rupert Middle School on Feb. 22, offering tools that will help them manage their anxiety.

Stern, who travels and gives these presentations both in Canada and the United States on the subject, said her goal was to share her experience growing up with anxiety.

READ MORE: SD52 teachers learn about ancient Ts’msyen traditions

“When I was growing up, I had tremendous anxiety and nobody really handled it well, and it didn’t have a name, and nobody diagnosed me,” Stern said.

She said she wanted the students to understand that there is nothing wrong with them if they experience anxious feelings, and they are not “broken” because of them.

After explaining what anxiety is, Stern helped identify ways students could manage any anxious feelings. She also taught them physical exercises and meditation techniques they could use.

“These are just tools they can use to externalize their worries so they don’t feel like it’s who they are,” she said.

Kate Toye, coordinator for North Coast Literacy Now, helped to facilitate the visit. Toye said that as students approach their teen years, their relationships and social networks change, and managing that transition.

“That comes with a lot of uncertainty and a lot of things about yourself,” she said. “To have someone speak to you about what might be happening inside of you, from a completely different perspective than someone who is a part of your life, is a benefit for them.”

READ MORE: Students learn how to code a drone in SD52

To report a typo, email:

Matthew Allen | Reporter
Matthew Allen 
Send Matthew an email.
Like the The Northern View on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Parade of welcome and love in Prince Rupert

Friends welcome new baby in drive by visit

Wage Subsidy up to 75 per cent announced

Businesses who have had a 30 per cent decrease can apply

UPDATE: Man drowns crossing Skeena River

59-year old Prince Rupert victim pronounced dead at Mills Memorial

Reports of gunshots

No shooting according to RCMP

Better COVID-19 testing results needed in the north

Former senior Northern Health official also wants work camps shut down

B.C. records first at-home death from COVID-19, but 70+ hospital patients have recovered

Total of 970 novel coronavirus cases in B.C., with the majority in the Lower Mainland area

BC Ferries able to restrict travel for sick passengers

Ferries working on schedule shifts to keep workers safe

Canada expands 75% wage subsidy to COVID-19 affected businesses of all sizes: Trudeau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

Pay parking suspended at B.C. hospitals due to COVID-19

Temporary free parking reduces need for keypads, contact

Helping those at risk, one piece of paper at a time through ‘isolation communication’

Simple paper tool during pandemic making its way across Canada thanks to social media.

‘Back to school, in a virtual way’ for B.C. students in COVID-19 pandemic

Province adds online resources to help parents at home

Canadian COVID-19 round-up: Air Canada cuts 15,000 jobs, 90% of flights

Comprehensive Canadian news update as of 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 30.

Canadian ferry operators call for inclusion in COVID-19 travel restrictions

Domestic travel restrictions should include ferries, operators say

Most Read