For Those With Anxiety and Mental Illnesses

Do...

  • Make sure the main entrance, exit, and toilets are signposted so that people don’t have to ask where they are.

  • Create an environment where people feel comfortable to get up and move around if they need to.

  • Keep sensory input to a minimum e.g. loud noises, bright lights.

  • Make adjustments if people ask for them (e.g. turning music down).

  • Be aware of the signs of a panic attack and strategies that could help.

Don’t...

  • Make people feel embarrassed for any behaviour that seems abnormal to you.

  • Call attention to someone who appears to be in distress.

  • Call on people without knowing they would be comfortable.

  • Be offended if someone leaves suddenly or refuses help.