PORTLAND, Ore. -- They call each other funny, outgoing and silly, which are adjectives that most 8- and 9-year-old girls would use to describe their best friends.
However, this is no ordinary group of friends.
Anelise, Emma, Giselle and Amaya make up a group called Blah Blah Worries, which aims to help young people deal with stress and anxiety.
Through their website, they provide videos and helpful tips to show kids that making new friends, interacting with bullies and dealing with the general embarrassment of growing up, are issues that everyone experiences, especially as they head back to school.
The group was started by Anelise, who describes herself as someone who needs to know a lot of information to be comfortable, and tends to worry about new situations. Anelise struggles with anxiety and was having a hard time dealing with a changing schedule when she came to the realization that she couldn’t be the only kid who felt like this. She realized she could use her experiences to help other kids.
So after she asked her friends to join her, and asked her mom to head the website and social media, Blah Blah Worries was born.
Kids can submit questions through the website or can use the existing videos and tips to learn ways to deal with stressful situations at home, at school or at play.