Don't Panic!

Parenting in the age of anxiety

Lakes Grammar is offering a free seminar for parents only on Tuesday 23 August at 6.30pm in Block C, Rooms 6 and 7 in the senior school.

Presented by school clinical psychologist, Dr John Burns, DON'T PANIC! Parenting in the age of anxiety will offer some evidence-based practices that all parents can implement to help their kids cope with the stresses of life.


Tuesday 23 August


Senior school, C block, rooms 7 and 8


6.30pm to 8pm


Tuesday 23 August

There is no end of things that young people worry about, from coping with schoolwork, to getting on with their peers, to what they are going to do beyond high school. Data from the 2021 census has been released. Not surprising, the most common mental disorder is Australia is anxiety, with a staggering one in five females reported having an anxiety disorder in the previous 12 months. Prevalence rates for young people is double that.

The message in this seminar is…don’t panic! There are things we can do to minimise the impact of anxiety in the lives of our kids and to equip them to embrace the challenges of their world without excess worry.

About Dr John Burns

Dr John Burns has spent over 25 years helping families and children wrestle back control when life gets tricky. His professional passion is ‘heading off’ emotional and behavioural problems in young people before they can really take hold. Before coming to Lakes, he worked in a variety of roles in Sydney, including The Children’s Hospital, a large independent school, and a children’s residential care facility. He has a PhD in clinical psychology and is an Adjunct Fellow at the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University. In his spare time, he is a tragic Wests Tigers rugby league supporter.

  • Please note this is a parent event only.
  • Parking is available in the senior school car parks.
  • Coffee, tea and nibbles will be available on arrival.
  • Please bring a mask to wear during the evening. If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms we ask that you don’t attend the seminar.

We look forward to seeing you at 6.30pm on Tuesday 23 August in Block C, Rooms 6 and 7 in the senior school.

For further information please contact Julianne Sheedy on
4393 4111 or

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