Mental health - young people

This article was written by a young person from Wigan.

Mental health affects all of us. We all naturally feel sad, angry, worried and stressed sometimes about very different things such as:

It’s important to keep mentally healthy, a positive sign of this is feeling balanced and feeling relevant emotions at appropriate times (such as feeling sad in sad situations and happy in happy situations).

If you’re regularly feeling extreme levels of one emotion such as regularly feeling very angry or very sad for no particular reason, this could be a sign that you might need some support to be mentally well.

What can you do?

Everybody has bad days no matter who you are or what your age. Don’t keep it bottled up! You might find it helpful to tell others what’s bothering you, such as friends, parents or teachers. Maybe write down your feelings, draw/paint a picture or go for a walk to collect your thoughts.

Doing regular exercise, eating well (such as eating green vegetables), cutting down on alcohol and getting enough sleep will also help to improve your mood.

However, if you feel like you are rarely happy, or are often angry, upset, panicky, anxious or stressed, have bad mood swings, or have stopped feeling anything at all, and this goes on for a little while, it’s a good idea to tell somebody professional about it.

Your doctor is always a good option or you can ring Childline on 0800 11 11. This way someone can try to help you work out the reason why you aren’t happy and get you some support.

Anybody could have a mental illness in the same way that anybody could get a physical illness. Nearly all mental health conditions are treatable. Many may only be temporary, some conditions may come and go throughout life. Professionals can help you find ways to treat your illness and feel better.

Help and support contacts

If you have been told by your doctor that you do have a mental health issue and you are confused about what this could mean for you, the following links give more information about the support available, the types of mental health issues and possible therapies and treatments, as well as some suggestions of things that everybody can do to stay mentally well.

Help right now

If you need to talk to someone now you can call:

  • 24/7 mental health crisis line - Call 01942 636395 if you’re feeling overwhelmed with emotional stress and anxiety, don’t suffer in silence. You can talk to someone anytime of the day or night.
  • Childline - Call 0800 11 11 for their free 24 hour helpline
  • Samaritans - Call 08457 90 90 90 for their free 24 hours helpline.

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