Some clues you might need some support
Here are some clues that you might be worried, stressed or need a little extra support:
Sleeping: do you have sleepless nights? Do you struggle to get to sleep or do you wake up in the night?
Eating: are you losing your appetite or eating more than you usually do?
Relationships: are you avoiding your friends or loved ones? Do you need extra distractions to keep your mind of things?
Family: has someone in your family or a friend said that they’re worried about you?
Exercise: do you feel like you don’t have any energy or are you exercising more than usual?
Drugs and alcohol: are you using these as a way to cope with your emotions?
Although it might feel difficult, talking to a trusted friend, relative or adult can be one of the best ways of starting to look after yourself and moving forward.
tidyMinds has some useful information on:
- How to start conversations
- Common feelings and problems, including feeling low, self-image, bullying, plus details of services which can support you.
Your GP/doctor can also provide professional help and guidance. Talking about your mental health can be hard so DocReady have put together some tools that will help you prepare for the first time you visit a doctor.
Why do I feel this way?
Sometimes you might know why. If you’ve experienced something upsetting or stressful, this can have a big impact, even if it happened a long time ago. Or perhaps something has happened but you haven’t realised that it is the problem.
And sometimes there just isn’t a reason and it’s the way the chemicals are behaving if your brain.
The tidyMinds ‘Coping with Common Issues’ page provides information and guidance on a whole range of ways that young people can be affected by things.
Even if something scary or stressful happened to you a very long time ago, it can really affect your mental health. If you’ve been hurt, treated in a way that makes you feel unsafe or frightened, unhappy or lonely, it’s important that you tell an adult that you trust.
Check out suggestions on where to get support on our Staying Safe page.
Helping a friend
It’s natural to want to help our friends when they’re upset, facing problems or behaving in a harmful way. However, it’s not always easy to know what to do. This website is a good place to start so take some time to see what it has to offer.
If you’re finding it hard to tell a friend you’re worried, our starting conversations page can give you some helpful pointers.
Giving support to someone in need can also be difficult for you too. So take the time to look after yourself. Our top tips for feeling good might come in handy here.