Early help for mental health
Everyone has mental health, which we need to look after as we would our physical bodies. Certain mental health issues affect more under 25's than other age group and it's important to know where you can get support:
If you think, or know someone who thinks they are suffering from depression take a look at Young Minds or the NHS website for lots of information and find out where you can get support.
Mind, Young Minds, and the NHS offer further information about and where you can get support.
Drugs and alcohol
Studies show that abuse of drugs and alcohol and anxiety are inherently linked. The NHS can tell you where to get help and Talk to Frank can give you more information.
You can also get advice if your family member is a drug user.
BEAT and the NHS give advice about how to get support if you are suffering from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.
Autism and ADHD
The NSPCC has advice on how to spot and what to do if someone you know is self harming. The NHS signposts to where you can get help.
Social media can be a fun way to keep in contact with friends and family, but it can also have a negative impact on your mental health. If you think this could be the case, try to limit the amount of time you spend on social media sites each day. You can talk to a counsellor at childline free of charge by calling 0800 1111.
CAMHS stand for children and adolescents mental health services. You can find out more information at CAMHS.
What's the difference between being a "moody teenager" and needing help?
As a young person, it's normal to feel a range of emotions as your bodies change and hormones kick in. But there are indicators that your bad mood may be a little bit more serious:
- the bad mood or grumpiness persists, lasting longer than a few days
- withdrawn socially
- continual anger, irritability or depression
- dramatic changes in appetite or sudden weight loss or gain
Improving your wellbeing
Mental health is as important as your physical health. How much we exercise, eat a healthy balanced diet and talk to other people about how we are feeling, can all make our mental and emotional wellbeing stronger. Check out the links below for more information: