FRIENDS for Life is an evidence based social skills and resilience building program developed by Dr. Paula Barrett in Australia. It has been recognized and endorsed by the World Heath Organization as an effective means to prevent anxiety for children aged 8-11. FRIENDS for Life has been shown in scientific studies to reduce anxiety, both in the short term and over time, and to provide participants with tools to cope in stressful and challenging situations across a number of settings and cultures:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12310-010-9042-5
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/s15374424jccp3503_5

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-12-86
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/camh.12030/full

In addition to anxiety treatment, FRIENDS for Life also helps to improve participants’ social and emotional skills, ability to focus, confidence, and the capacity to relax and regulate emotions.