if you are concerned about yourself or anyone else check out the information in these pages and also speak to someone.
It can be very useful to talk to a friend, relative or adult you trust. This may sometimes be difficult, but it’s the best way to start moving forwards.
For advice about a specific feeling or problem, visit our Help with what worries you, which look at topics including self- harm, bullying and feeling stressed, and could help you find the support you need.
If you want more information about health issues or you want to find a local health service then go to this website NHS Choices website. It has information and videos that may help you.
You can call Kooth a service for young people and have a confidential web chat to get the advice you need. You can also call Childline free for a confidential conversation on the phone – call them on 0800 11 11 at any time.
Why do I feel this way?
Sometimes there isn’t a reason – it’s just the way chemicals are behaving in your brain, other times there might be a reason that’s pretty obvious, or perhaps you haven’t even realised it. If something upsetting, scary or stressful has happened to you, it can have quite a big effect, even if it happened years ago. Go to ‘Help with what worries you’ if you have been affected by things like bullying or if someone close to you has died.
If you have been hurt or not looked after properly, or treated in a way that makes you feel scared or unsafe or you feel very unhappy or alone you must tell an adult that you trust, like your parent, carer, family member, a teacher, a School Nurse, your GP, a social worker or a youth worker or Childline. They will listen to you and talk through what can be done to help sort things out. If you think this might have happened to you, there are lots of places you can go for advice.
If you’re helping a friend who’s upset or facing problems, it can be hard to know what to do. You’ve already found this website which is a good place to start. Take some time to explore and see if any of the information sounds useful. Make sure you get help yourself so that you don’t become too stressed. Show these pages to the person you are helping.