Many young people start to feel better once they have told somebody what’s going on and taken the first step to finding help. Support can also be found by asking a teacher, doctor, Youth Adviser or school counsellor or nurse for guidance, or you can get some help for yourself over the phone from agencies like the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 and ChildLine on 0800 11 11.
How u feelin?
Marvin Humes, from popband JLS, is helping to launch the ‘How u feelin?’ campaign that raises awareness of ChildLine’s new online service.
Their new website provides information and advice on issues that affect children and young people. It has fun things like games, videos and tools so children can get creative. It also has a ‘daily moodtracker’ to help children express how they are feeling. If they feel worried or upset, they can email or post a message on the site or request one to one support with a counsellor online.
Mind has some useful factsheets and booklets on all aspects of mental health.
If you have lost someone close to you, Winston Wish is a bereavement support website for young people may help you come to terms with their death. Or visit The Child Bereavement Trust website for advice.
B-Eat, the Eating Disorders Association website, have helplines that you can ring for free or email services where you can get help online.
Dove has an online quiz as part of their campaign for real beauty, which tackles the issue of low self-esteem because of how you might feel about your body.
Self-esteem and shyness
Youth in Mind has an on-line questionnaire which will help you assess your own emotional state and information on books and websites on child mental health issues.
Shykids.com talks about shyness - what it is and what it feels like.
Counselling can help you make sense of your life, resolve specific problems, help you to make decisions, help you deal with phobias, stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, addictions, abuse, bereavement, divorce or separation, conflict with others, relationships, and many other issues affecting your emotional and mental well-being. Needing someone to talk to is perfectly normal and you shouldn't feel ashamed or that you're just being silly.
For more information and help on young people’s mental health please visit the websites opposite.
Page updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 11:31 AM